NORTH AUGUSTA --- Kalyl Jackson hated to punch and stab his family's pit bulldog, but he knew he had to do it; his friend was in danger.
The shy Moss Creek Elementary fourth-grader said it made him sad to hurt the dog he loved, but he felt good about his role in saving the 5-year-old victim.
"I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, she's going to die,' " he said Monday.
Thanks to him, she didn't.
The little girl, whom the family did not want to name, was released from the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics on Wednesday and returned to school Monday, said Kalyl's mother, Shannon Blake.
"She got some bruises and cuts, but she's going to be fine," she said.
Ms. Blake said she is proud of her son and elated that her boyfriend's child survived.
"He's so sweet and quiet. We didn't know he had it in him," she said.
But Ms. Blake said her 10-year-old son is having a hard time dealing with the loss of his pet.
"He was upset, but due to the circumstances, he understands," she said.
"Everything is back to normal now. We're glad everybody's OK."
Aiken County Animal Control charged the girl's father, Fredrick Wallace, 24, of the 200 block of Ashley Circle, with keeping a dangerous animal and with having an animal creating a nuisance, Chief Officer Bobby Arthurs said Monday. The dog was euthanized last week because of the severity of its injuries, Officer Arthurs said.
The fine for the charges can range from $100 to $1,000, Officer Arthurs said. A court date is scheduled later this month, but he did not know the exact date.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office will not file charges against Mr. Wallace, who left his home around 3 p.m. Dec. 29 to buy medicine for his daughter. Within about 15 minutes, his daughter was being dragged around the backyard by the dog, according to an incident report released Monday by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Kalyl said he used a steak knife to stab the dog, but when that didn't stop the attack he yelled for help. A neighbor came to his aid and hit the dog with a chair, and the dog released its grip.
According to the report, the dog bit the child on her legs and arms and dragged her by the neck in the yard until the neighbor was able to stop the attack. Kalyl told police that Mr. Wallace was baby-sitting him while his mother was at work.
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