BURGAW, NC (WWAY) -- A 2-year-old boy is recovering from surgery after the Pender County Sheriff's Office says he was attacked by two pit bulls.
The attack happened yesterday evening when the child was visiting family.
"I was terrified," the boy's uncle Terrell Swinson said. "I just really didn't know what to do. I was just shocked."
Swinson says he was fixing his sister's car when he looked back to see two pit bulls attacking his nephew Jamari Pigford.
"He wasn't harming the dogs or nothing," Swinson said. "He was just in the yard playing, minding his own business."
Investigators say the dogs jumped a fence to get out of their owner's yard. Neighbors say this is not the first time they've escaped.
"Ffrom what I understand the dogs have gotten loose before," neighbor Pamela Bennett said. "I don't know if they have ever bit anyone or not."
The dogs mauled Jamari's face while his family was left stunned.
"I panicked really," Swinson said. "I didn't know what to do. I was looking for a stick. As I ran up and approached the dog, it had run off when they saw their owner."
The toddler was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday evening, where relatives say he got surgery Wednesday morning.
The dogs' owner Wesley Lewis was served civil citations for two counts of animals at large, two counts of no identification displayed and two counts of rabies tag violation. When we went to knock on his door, we were told to get off the property.