Toddler mauled by dogs improving, family says

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The great-grandfather of a 2-year-old mauled by dogs over the weekend said this afternoon that the boy is showing signs of improvement.

Bill Swint said Damien Chavous can now move his arms, legs and eyes, but he was still listed in critical condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics as of this morning.

“He’s improving some every day,” Mr. Swint said.

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buckydog1
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buckydog1 07/13/09 - 03:32 pm
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Good, Thank the Lord!

Good, Thank the Lord!

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HHSgrad 07/13/09 - 03:56 pm
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Amen! May he continue to

Amen! May he continue to improve and have a full recovery. No matter what the details are of this incident, this family will have to live with this terrible happening for the rest of their life. I hope that as he grows older, the only memory of this will be the physical reminder from his scars. I pray that he doesn't have any long term issues - mentally or medically from this.

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Riverman1 07/13/09 - 04:37 pm
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I'm not taking all

I'm not taking all responsibility from the parents of the child, but if someone has a dog he has to assume others are going to enter the yard now and then for various reasons, including kids getting their ball or whatever. If the animal is that dangerous it has no business being kept in a neighborhood. You are not allowed to keep known dangerous animals like lions in your yard for the same reason. If that dog was known to be aggressive, it should not have been alllowed to roam freely even if the yard is fenced.

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Riverman1 07/13/09 - 04:40 pm
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The "attractive nuisance

The "attractive nuisance doctrine" of tort law applies here in my opinion.

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Frank I 07/13/09 - 04:44 pm
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the child entered the space

the child entered the space of confinement for the dogs

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DEADEYEDICK 07/13/09 - 04:46 pm
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Please note Shirley Andrews

Please note Shirley Andrews AKA Shirley Barnes her dogs have attacked before. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/052399/met_207-5836.000.shtml http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/060499/met_207-5905.000.shtml I THINK HER DOGS DRAGGED THAT CHILD UNDER THE FENCE

HEY Nammy! I do not buy the story that 2 yr old toddler climbed over two chain link fences.I bet the jury will not buy it either when they send Shirley to PRISON !!!

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buckydog1 07/13/09 - 05:15 pm
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Did anyone say these dogs

Did anyone say these dogs were agressive? Come on. folks, put the blame whee it belongs , with the inattentive parent!!!!!!

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Nammy3 07/13/09 - 05:20 pm
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Hey DICK {lol}--you say,"HER

Hey DICK {lol}--you say,"HER DOGS DRAGGED THAT CHILD UNDER THE FENSE". How would you know this? Where does it say this? Even in the links you provided...it doesn't say anything about that. So how is it that you came to that conclusion? You cannot accuse without valid proof.

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Ode 07/13/09 - 05:27 pm
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Obviously you aren't an

Obviously you aren't an attorney Riverman1.....and thankfully so. Why should any person assume that others are going to illegally trespass on their property? How about kids and parents take responsibility for their actions and respect the property of others? That is called accountability and it is all but gone in the entitlement nanny state mentality of people. Should snakes be outlawed as pets? Should pirahna be outlawed in acquariams? Should we shutdown all zoos? Should farmers not be allowed to keep bulls on their property because little Johnny may slide under the fence to retrieve his ball off the farmer's property? Ignorant people are no reason to have the government dictate rights and freedoms to the rest of us.

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Joeschlowe 07/13/09 - 06:07 pm
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Why didn't Mrs. Andrews/Barns

Why didn't Mrs. Andrews/Barns take the dogs with her? A residential area should not be used for an animal shelter, especially if she just came once a day to feed/check on them. What about the other 23hrs she wasn't around? I would say it was an accident waiting to happen. If it was my child, I would have put them down myself. Lets all hope he recovers!

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Nammy3 07/13/09 - 06:10 pm
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You don't think they'd get

You don't think they'd get you for cruelty to animals then? Bet so.

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Ode 07/13/09 - 07:10 pm
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Well Joe fortunately you

Well Joe fortunately you don't get to dictate what people can and can't do on their PRIVATE property. There are zoning laws and ordinances for those sorts of things and the dog owner was in violation of none of them.

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RichmondCountyResident1 07/13/09 - 08:06 pm
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Thank God, this kid is on the

Thank God, this kid is on the mend.I hope he makes a full recovery.

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Happy Camper 455 07/13/09 - 08:33 pm
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I totally agree Riverman1!!

I totally agree Riverman1!! Vicious dogs like that. Kill em. dead.

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Joeschlowe 07/13/09 - 09:03 pm
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Hey Ode, The child got over

Hey Ode, The child got over the fence into her PRIVATE property, true. What if the dogs dug out instead? Either way, these dogs would have attacked, wouldn't you say? 23hrs/day is ample for such. If everyone had common sense, we wouldn't need laws.

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tdp 07/13/09 - 09:12 pm
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No doubt, the dogs should be

No doubt, the dogs should be euthanized. However, the blame here lies soley on the parents of this poor child.

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shamrock 07/13/09 - 10:46 pm
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The blame lies with the owner

The blame lies with the owner of the dogs!! Read the LAW! If the dog attacks, no matter what ... or where ... the owner is responsible!

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FallingLeaves 07/14/09 - 12:19 am
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"Why didn't Mrs.

"Why didn't Mrs. Andrews/Barns take the dogs with her? A residential area should not be used for an animal shelter, especially if she just came once a day to feed/check on them. What about the other 23hrs she wasn't around? I would say it was an accident waiting to happen. If it was my child, I would have put them down myself. Lets all hope he recovers!
Posted by Joeschlowe on Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:07 PM" That was what I was wondering about.

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