NORTH CAROLINA -- Animal control officers have cited a dog owner in Tuesday’s mauling of a toddler.
Roderick Hale Adams Jr. of 1212 Valley View St. received four citations in connection with violations of city ordinances and a citation of “attack by dangerous dog,” a misdemeanor, according to court officials.
Guilford County Animal Services Director Drew Brinkley said animal control officers cited Adams Tuesday with two counts of allowing a dog to run at large and two counts of public nuisance, violations of city ordinances. Each of those violations is punishable by a fine of $100, he said.
Under the dangerous dog statute, the owner of a dog that attacks a person and causes injuries requiring treatment costing more than $100 has committed a Class 1 misdemeanor.
A conviction carries a jail sentence of up to 120 days and a fine.
Adams' male and female pit bull attacked the 19-month-old boy about 9:10 a.m. Tuesday on Valley View Street, police said.
A responding Greensboro officer shot the male dog, and the female dog ran off. An animal control officer captured the female a short time later and it was euthanized.
Both dogs were tested for rabies and results returned Thursday were negative, Brinkley said.
The child was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, where he was listed Wednesday as being in stable condition.
The family had moved to Greensboro in mid-August. They are Syrian refugees who had fled to Jordan and are being helped by College Park Baptist Church with the transition here.
A GoFundMe account set up to help the family with medical expenses had raised more than $29,000 by Thursday afternoon.
(Greensboro News & Record - Feb 16, 2017)