Henderson, Tx (KETK) — A pit bull is scheduled to be put to sleep after attacking a nine-year-old child in Henderson last week.
On Tuesday, March 12, Rusk County deputies were sent to a local hospital on reports of a dog bite.
The victim's mother, Juana Rodriguez, 33, stated the attack happened in front of their house at 190 block of Deer Trail. Luciano Becerril, 27, said he also lives at the home and saw the attack.
Becerril claimed several children were playing with a ball in the front yard of the house when the ball was kicked into the road. When the child went to get the ball, a male pit bull mix came from across the road and bit the child on the left side of his head and face.
Becerril stated the dog then ran off and the child was taken into the house where the authorities were then contacted. The child was taken to the hospital in the family vehicle.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the child had severe cuts to the left side of his face and head. The injury was deep enough to expose the child's skull and the surrounding tissue.
All witnesses of the attack did not know who the dog belonged to and had never seen the animal before. Becerril told authorities a man showed up after the incident and claimed the dog belonged to him, and he was going to take it home and kill it.
Sergeant Russell Smith went to the scene of the attack to find the dog. Sergeant Smith was able to locate the dog on the next street over on the 140 block of Buck Run. The dog's owner, Beth Young, 33, of Henderson, could not provide proof of vaccinations.
The pit bull mix was taken to the Henderson Animal Shelter for quarantine.
A deputy was later told the child's injuries were unable to be treated at the local hospital and he was moved to a hospital in Dallas to undergo surgery. His current condition is unknown.
On March 13, at 8 a.m., authorities went to the animal shelter and photographed the dog in question. The pictures were then presented to Becerril and the victim, who were able to identify the dog as the one behind the attack.
On Monday Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Judge Joe Sorrells made the decision to euthanize the dog, pending a rabies test.