Update: Onslow County boy mauled by family’s pit bulls, expected to be OK

Update: Onslow County boy mauled by family's pit bulls, expected to be OK (Image 1)

An Onslow County boy is in the hospital in need of surgery, but expected to be OK, after being mauled by his family’s pit bulls.

Sheriff Hans Miller says an 8-year-old boy was attacked by three pit bulls around noon Tuesday on Andrea Road in the southwest part of the county.

Sheriff Miller says when deputies responded to the scene, they immediately took action.

Dennis Hopkins, owner of Briar Creek Mobile Home Park where the attack happened, says he felt “helpless” as the dogs attacked the young boy.

It’s the worst feeling you can ever have to actually see a kid being mauled by dogs, and you can’t do anything about it,” said Hopkins. “I yelled and screamed, but to no avail. They wouldn’t focus on anything, but the kid.”

Hopkins was able to dial 9-1-1.

Deputies arrived and killed one pit bull and injured another, while the third dog fled from the scene. The third pit bull was later captured and now all three dogs are in the custody of the Onslow County Animal Control.

The 8-year-old was airlifted to New Hanover Regional to be treated for his serious injuries. 
His parents weren’t home at the time of the attack.

Hopkins says the community will support the injured child and his mother.

“I did say prayers for the kid and stuff like that,” said Hopkins. “We’re behind her. Anything we can do to help.”

In the meantime, Hopkins says he plans to ban dogs considered dangerous including pit bulls from his mobile home park.

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