Dade City boy recovering from vicious dog attack

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 00:55:02-04

A 11-year-old is on the mend after being attacked by his neighbor's dog.

The attack was so severe, the young man ended up taking a ride to the emergency room.

"He just started jumping on me and biting me," Jeremiah Morrell said.

"He was coming so fast Jerimiah couldn't even go anywhere," said Stephon Billingsly, Jeremiah's cousin who witness to the attack.

Morrell is still wearing bandages on his arms, legs and neck. He, his cousin and a few friends were outside playing Sunday on Center Street in Dade City when his neighbor's dog broke loose from its yard. The dog went straight for Jeremiah.

"I thought he was going to die cause I didn't know if the dog had rabies or not," Billingsly said.

The owner was able to pull the dog off but not before it left its mark.

"He was just standing up there covered in blood. He was scared. He was hysterical," said Jackie Freeman, the boy's grandmother.

Jeremiah was rushed to the hospital, where he received more than a dozen stitches. The dog was surrendered by the owner to county officials and now sits in quarantine at Pasco Animal Control awaiting its fate.

The owners of the dog are now on the hook for a $500 citation. They've also apologized to the boy and his parents.

Pasco County officials say the dog will most likely be euthanized.