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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007

Northport boy, 7, in stable condition after pit bull attack

NORTHPORT (AP) — A 7-year-old boy attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull in Northport was in stable condition at DCH Regional Medical Center, his mother said.

Kristin Townsend said her son, Koby, was attacked Thursday and has bite wounds on his left shoulder and bicep. She expected him to remain in the hospital at least through the weekend.

Koby had just finished his first-grade year at Walker Elementary School

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Norris said the attack happened shortly after two pit bulls escaped from their pens during feeding at about 6:15 p.m.

Norris said a neighbor managed to pry the pit bull off of Koby, but then the dog turned and bit him as well before the dog’s owner finally restrained the dog.

Townsend said several neighbors who were volunteer firefighters kept Koby stabilized by giving him oxygen and applying pressure to his wounds until the ambulance arrived and took him to DCH.

“I’m scared this will happen again,” Townsend said Saturday. “Koby’s never been bitten before, but one of his friends was bitten by one of the pit bulls in their yard a little more than six months ago.”

The dog that attacked Koby has been quarantined at a veterinarian clinic where it will stay for a minimum of 10 days, as is the procedure for dog bite cases.

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