Mother of dog attack victim speaks - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Mother of dog attack victim speaks

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Smack down on Cancer at the State Theater

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:54:50 GMT
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
    Wrestlers from all over Georgia and Florida were in town for the Smack Down on Cancer Event at the state theater. More >>
  • Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Americus student honored in statewide design contest

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:59:05 GMT
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South GeorgiaMore >>
    Indira Zelaya, a fourth grader from Sarah Cobb Elementary School in Americus, was honored in Atlanta recently for her artwork supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.  She was nominated by South Georgia Technical College.More >>
  • Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Swimming pool destroyed after storm

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:32:11 GMT
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. He says he's had the siding redone several times.More >>
    An Albany man arrived home to find his pool completely destroyed. He's not sure what happened, but the wall caved in and the concrete cracked. More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The mother of a boy who was seriously injured in a dog attack in Albany is speaking out. Her son is in stable condition in an Atlanta hospital after having part of his scalp ripped off in that attack. She's hoping her story can help prevent another one.

It's been two days since Rachel Musselwhite's son, Richard, was attacked by a neighbor's dog, but the pain is still there- for both of them.

"I've got a picture in there of my son that I hold every night right before I go to bed and just cry, thinking about him," said Rachel.

The fourth grader is described as a class clown and energetic. His mom says he's your typical 11 year-old boy who likes to play outside.

Now he'll have to have several surgeries after the dog latched onto his head, creating a large wound, which doctors cannot close.

"He sounded good, but you can tell it in his voice that he was in pain. It's just rough, he'll never get back the way he was."

Richard was at his neighbor's house at 223 Morningside Drive Sunday when the pit bull attacked him.

The dog owner says her son told her Richard and his brother Mark, jumped a fence into her yard to get a rake. She says that's when the dog, which was secured, attacked them.

But Richard told his mother that he was raking the backyard, when the owner's son let the dog loose and went after him. The dog is still under quarantine.

"I'm really scared. Richard told me himself, he'll probably never go outside again to play. But we're having a fence put in my yard to protect my family for now."

Police don't expect to file charges, but Rachel says she wants something done.

"There's too many kids in the neighborhood that's young like my son that were his friends that it could happen to. And I don't want to see it happen to somebody else."

In addition to preventing another attack, she's hoping this will help protect her family on their road to recovery.

Rachel Musselwhite's husband is staying with Richard in Atlanta, while she takes care of her children here. Richard will have to have some reconstructive surgery in a couple weeks.

 

 

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

Powered by WorldNow