Americus boy recovering well after pit bull attack - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Americus boy recovering well after pit bull attack

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

  • Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:19:59 GMT
    James Smith, studentJames Smith, student
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
  • Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:14:47 GMT
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
  • Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:11:03 GMT
    Scott Vandermolen, Florida residentScott Vandermolen, Florida resident
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

 

A 4-year-old Americus boy is recovering after he was mauled by a pit bull in March.

It's been a long road for Jasper since he was attacked, but his parents say he's slowly recovering and walking better after the dog severed his calf muscle.

Four-year-old Jasper Poole is jumping high these days, but he's come a long way in the six weeks since he was mauled by a pit bull.

He still has a large wound on the side of his leg and had to have around 300 stitches.

He's learning to walk after the attack left him with a severed calf muscle.

But his mom say's he's in good spirits.

"Its like play time for him, he calls it working out. He gets to go to the gym and workout so he gets excited to do that," says mom Lezlie Poole.

Georgia ranks 10th in the nation for dog bite claims. State Farm Insurance paid out about two million dollars in claims last year.

Jasper's mom, Lezlie Poole says despite the attack they don't have anything against dogs or pit bulls, but Jasper does now have a fear of dogs.

"We can't walk down the street if there's a dog that's being walked, we go into a panic attack and we just cry and just cling to me or my husband," says Poole.

He's also had to undergo two surgeries. While they have insurance, because of the extent of the injuries, they're not sure if everything will be covered.

"We come here three days a week, and we see a surgeon one day a week, we had to get a custom boot made for us that helps stretch his calf muscle so there's a lot that goes into that," she says.

But they've had a lot of support.

"We very thankful to everyone in the community, the hospitals, the surgeons, they've been so good with him especially since he's so young," says Poole.

The week of May 18th is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.