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Boy, 4, mauled by dog

CONYERS - A 4-year-old boy remains hospitalized after he was severely mauled Tuesday by a dog, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

A bulldog-mix dog reportedly attacked the young child, ripping off his scalp and badly damaging one ear.

RCSO Deputy Richard K. Studdard reported he was called to Rockdale Medical Center just before 4 p.m. in response to a report of a dog bite.

According to the incident report, one of the residents of the Granite Drive home told the deputy he gave a friend permission to chain the dog on their property.

"(He) agreed to allow the dog to be chained there based on a statement by the dog's owner that the animal did not bite," Studdard reported.

Sometime Tuesday afternoon, the boy's mother realized her son had left the house so she went outside to find him.

"She heard her son whimper over a small hill. She started to run toward him. She saw a red dog dragging her son and grabbed him away while kicking the dog, which also bit her on the right arm," according to the incident report.

The victim's mother carried her son into the house where she called 911. She then drove him to RMC for treatment.

However, due to the seriousness of the child's injuries, he was transported from RMC to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital by Rescue Air One.

"(His) right ear was attached only by one small piece of flesh and his entire scalp was missing," Studdard reported.

Medical personnel then requested that the deputy return to the scene of the attack to retrieve the scalp, which was also transported to the children's hospital.

Rockdale County Animal Control took custody of the dog. Sheriff Jeff Wigington said Saturday that the dog's owner has agreed to euthanize the animal. Wigington said the investigation is continuing and charges in the case may be pending.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.