Boy sad he had to stab pit bull

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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.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 01/05/10 - 02:14 am
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"Everything is back to normal

"Everything is back to normal now. We're glad everybody's OK." Lady, you don't have a clue what YOU have done to those kids emotionally by having that lethal weapon in your house. Thank goodness that freak of k-9's is dead now.

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yvalentine6 01/05/10 - 02:28 am
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For real. That little boy

For real. That little boy will need lots of support to get past what he had to do, and the little girl will as well. I hope the parents will make sure that they get the help they need. Otherwise I hope DFCS will see to it that they do.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 01/05/10 - 04:59 am
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Why would anyone want a dog

Why would anyone want a dog like this?

NANF
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NANF 01/05/10 - 08:02 am
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Maybe I missed it, but was

Maybe I missed it, but was the father ever charged for leaving the kids alone? If not, why not.? So he left them alone to go after medicine for the little girl. That's admirable, but he should have taken them with him. If she was playing outside, getting medicine in a hurry must not have been a high priority. He needs to be held accountable that offence if nothing else.

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TrukinRanger 01/05/10 - 08:22 am
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I believe he was charged...
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I believe he was charged... the dog was also supposedly put to death.

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 01/05/10 - 08:27 am
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Another pet pitbull turns on

Another pet pitbull turns on family child, these dangerous dogs need to be outlawed.

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InChristLove 01/05/10 - 09:22 am
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Has no one asked if the

Has no one asked if the children did anything to provoke the dog, why would a loving family pet attack this child? Were they teasing the dog? Why was the sick child outside in the first place and like NANF stated, why didn't the father take the children with him instead of leaving a sick 5 year old and a 10 year old alone at home. What if there had been a house fire, what if the sick child had become seriously ill while he was gone. Why not ask the neighbor who helped in the dog attack come over for 15 mins. to watch the children while he ran to the store? Everyone wants to blame the dog but if the parent had been a little more responsible this incident would never have happened.

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KingJames 01/05/10 - 10:58 am
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This is the first time I've

This is the first time I've ever seen a case where an incident happened when children were left alone and a parent didn't face charges. This guy faced charges related to the dog, but not for neglecting the kids. There is no mention of DFCS or DSS getting involved. This is inconsistent. The state should require some action to prove he is a good father, or at least help him to become a better one by making him attend mandatory parenting classes. The boy is still a hero, though. Both children will probably require some sort of counseling.

jboy
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jboy 01/05/10 - 12:25 pm
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DFCS is Georgia's agency, DSS

DFCS is Georgia's agency, DSS is South Carolina's

jbomb
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jbomb 01/05/10 - 01:22 pm
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DFCS Stand for Department of

DFCS Stand for Department of Family and Children services DSS is Department of Social Services.They have nothing to do with what state you live in they are in all states.

KingJames
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KingJames 01/05/10 - 01:31 pm
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DSS is in South Carolina. I

DSS is in South Carolina. I included both DFCS and DSS in my earlier post so people on both sides of the river would know what I meant. I suppose I should have just said "state social workers" so some of you wouldn't get so bent out of shape about it.

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JohnQPublic 01/05/10 - 08:49 pm
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InChristLove, sometimes dogs

InChristLove, sometimes dogs do not like the sound of a child's tiny voice or they may feel threatened by their size. It is not always caused by a person. Some dogs are just nuts. Thank God the child was rescued. "Dragged her by the neck in the yard"...made me wince just reading it. It's amazing she is alive!

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widowjones 01/06/10 - 01:31 pm
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According to one report from

According to one report from the Sheriff's Office, South Carolina does not have a law regarding children left alone. It depends on the maturity of the child, etc. Of course, if these children had been left alone for days at a time, that is another situation. Pit bulls are not the only dogs that might suddenly attack, but they tend to be the most infamous. Many things could cause a dog to act aggressively. I was bit while feeding a hungry neighbor's dog who was normally sweet and loving. However, the neighbor had gone away for several days without leaving food. I put a bowl of food down for him, then went to add some more food to the bowl. He was starving and thought I was taking away the food, so he growled and bit my arm. That was totally my fault under the circumstances. Likewise, we don't know how this pit bull had been trained (if at all), or what happened prior to the attack; but, I agree with the person who stressed the psychological effects on the children. That opens up another Pandora's Box -- in the midst of our country's health care situation, we have a shortage of competent mental health practitioners at all levels!

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