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.