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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.

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  • dickerson

    Shoot them, if they are on your property its your right.

  • Scott Pickey

    Amanda – could you please send your contact information to us at newsroom@wwaytv3.com?

    Thank you!

    sp

    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • Amanda

    I have been living next to neighbors from hell for the past three years. They have 2 pit bulls and 4 small dogs. For years I was the nice neighbor who didn’t want to cause trouble for them so I didn’t report thier loose dogs running around. Well recently the pit bull has started eating through my fence to get to my dog and kids. They wouldn’t fix the fence so I had to do it myself. Long story short is that the pits ate another hole in my fence and attacked my dog. She had over 15 bite wounds and animal control came by and took their word that the dogs were vaccinated. I wouldn’t let it go and demanded proof and eventually AC told me they weren’t and picked the dogs up for the remainder of the 10 day hold. Less than a month later my 12 year old was in my fenced yard and they both went after him. I grabbed a golf club and hit the dogs until they retreated in their yard. Called AC and they did nothing. 2 weeks after that one of the pits got out again and went after my son when he was getting off the bus. Something needs to be done about the laws in NC. These dogs have a documented history of human and animal aggression. Just because they haven’t killed or seriously harmed a human shouldn’t mean They aren’t dangerous. I can’t sell my house or I would have been long gone by now. AC solution is to buy a gun and kill them next time they come after us.

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