Boy Recovering After Pit Bull, Boxer Attack

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CANTON, Ohio -- A 9-year-old Canton boy is recovering from injuries after being attacked by a pit bull and boxer for several minutes. A neighbor heard his screams and fought the dogs.

Billy Harvey suffered several dog bites; the worst being deep puncture wounds on his upper thigh. The shirt he was wearing has dog bites all over it.

“I asked the paramedics did they cut his shorts off to get to the wound they said the dogs had it,” Billy’s mother Summer Harvey said.

Sunday evening, Billy was walking on the corner of Otto Place and Webster Avenue in Canton when a loose pit bull and boxer attacked him, according to police. Billy said the dogs chased him up a grass embankment and into a vacant lot where the attack continued with Billy on the ground.

Neighbors said they heard him screaming for several minutes.

“I’m getting closer I hear him screaming and crying and I didn’t even see the dogs at first until I got to right here and I said he is getting attacked by two dogs. I have got to do something,” neighbor Tamikka Dotson said.

Dotson said she ran over and was pulling the dogs off Billy as he flailed around in the grass, the two dogs biting him.

“They were still coming at him, even with me being right here and I’m trying to stand in front of them and kick the dogs back because I didn`t have any shoes on or anything,” she said.

Dotson said she was able to get the dogs off Billy as another man, who may be the dogs’ owner, grabbed the dogs and took them away.

“I just want you to know there are people around here who care,” Dotson told Billy Monday afternoon when he and his mother went to her home to thank her.

Billy gave Dotson a hug and a ‘thank you’ card.

“People if you are going to have your animals then keep control of them. There’s kids running around this neighborhood all day every day,” Dotson said.

The Stark County Animal Warden would not comment on the case, only to say it’s under investigation and they have made contact with the dogs’ owner.