Boy attacked by pit bull

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Dog quarantined, owner charged after 7-year-old injured

By Danny Redd


INDEPENDENCE — A 7-year-old Independence boy was injured June 17 when he was attacked by a pit bull.
Grayson County Animal Control Officer Jeremy Moss said the boy was playing in his grandmother’s yard on Big Oak Drive when the dog broke free from inside a nearby residence and attacked the boy.
Moss said the dog’s owner, Gwendolyn Hash of Independence, pulled her dog off the boy.
The boy was transported by Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad to Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C., where he received more than 50 stitches. The wounds were to his right elbow and left leg. He was not admitted to the hospital.
Moss said after an investigation he charged Hash with owning a dangerous dog and disobeying the town’s leash law. The dog, which weighed about 75 pounds, had been quarantined at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter in Galax.
Moss was assisted in his investigation by Independence Police Chief James Wagoner.