FIRST ON 9: 3-year-old recovering after being bitten by dog

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  A pitbull is surrendered by its owner after being deemed dangerous.

This comes after the dog escaped its yard and attacked a neighbor’s child on Tuesday, leaving the 3-year-old boy with serious injuries to his leg. The pitbull will be held in quarantine for 10 days before euthanization.

So far, the dog’s owner is charged with a leash-law violation.

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A 3-year-old Greenville boy is home from the hospital after family members said he was bitten by a dog.

Greenville Police said the dog is in quarantine after it bit the child, Marcus, Tuesday on Cadillac Street.

Crystal Gorham, Marcus’ mother, said she was about to take her kids home when she heard screaming and saw what was happening.

“I was traumatized, I was going nuts. I thought that my baby. That dog could’ve killed my son,” Gorham said.

Marcus was at Bertha Mooring’s, his great-grandmother, house when it happened. Mooring said her neighbor’s Pitbull had gotten out and was attacking Marcus.

“When I looked at it, I saw his thigh had a hole in it, probably the size of a quarter,” Mooring said.

According to Greenville PD, the one-year-old Pitbull pushed its way out of a gate and went to Mooring’s yard. The dog sniffed the child and bit him in the leg.

Gorham said it took several minutes, and multiple people, to separate the dog from Marcus. She said if it hadn’t been for a family friend, her son would have died.

“While at the hospital, they told me if his leg was just a little bit smaller, that the dog would have chewed his whole leg off,” she said.

Gorham plans on pressing charges, and will seek monetary damages to cover her son’s medical bills.

Pobisah Monique Willoughby, the owner of the Pitbull, was cited for a leash-law violation. Willoughby was given a rabies vaccination notice, because she wasn’t able to produce vaccination documents.

The dog had to be quarantined immediately due to the lack of rabies vaccination papers. The dog will be held there for at least 10 days. Greenville PD could lengthen the time of quarantine, pending the outcome of a dangerous dog hearing.

Willoughby can decide to surrender the dog, instead of going through with the hearing to get her dog back.

WNCT went to the owner’s home to ask if they planned on getting the dog back, but was told to get off of their property.

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