A 10-year-old boy is recovering at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger after a serious dog bite on Thanksgiving morning. Five days after the incident, the family describes the little boy’s condition as a God-given miracle.
“Horror is what happened that morning – I heard my son screaming. I came out the door and he’s on these steps in sheer panic,” said Gary Ramsey, the boy’s grandfather.
Gary Ramsey says Thanksgiving morning started out like any other day for his 10-year-old grandson.
“My boy and the dog have played, rolled, they’ve rough-housed and wrestled every day with never any bad outcome. For some reason that morning it was just different,” said Ramsey.
Their neighbor’s 2-year-old pit bull named Nikko bit the boy, causing severe injuries to his left arm. At first Ramsey says he was told the boy might lose his arm. On Monday the 5th grader had his third surgery to work on restoring his nerves.
“He went from probably won’t be able to save his arm to being able to move his fingers,” said Ramsey.
As for Nikko, the owner turned the pit bull over to the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, where the dog is under observation. The Executive Director at the Humane Society, Bob Citrullo, says Nikko is under a 10-day bite hold to make sure it does not have rabies or any other disease
“I’m very concerned with that behavior because he attacked with no warning and with what we saw I feel that he will do that again. I definitely consider him a very dangerous animal,” said Bob Citrullo.