Boy attacked by pit bull: 'It felt like there were 5 million hooks pulling me'

Boy attacked by pit bull: 'It felt like there were 5 million hooks pulling me'

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on June 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 2 at 6:51 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- It's been just two days since 11-year-old Kenny Allen was attacked in his Rock Hill neighborhood.

He's hospitalized with injuries to his head and arm.  Before going into another surgery on Friday, he was brave enough to speak with NewsChannel 36 about what happened.

"I was screaming for help," said Kenny.
 
Kenny knows he's lucky to be alive after his neighbor's pit bull, Dallas, attacked him.
 
"I think he was possessed, it was scary, and it felt like he was about to rip my head off," said Kenny.
 
He was walking to his neighbor’s house to get a blender when Dallas, who became loose from his front yard cage, came running towards him.
 
"When I was blocking it didn't really hurt that bad and when I went in the house.  When he was pulling me it felt like there were 5 million hooks and they were pulling my skin off," said Kenny.
 
The bandages on his head show were the dog ripped a chunk out of his skull. His arm is bandaged from fighting off the dog. Kenny's dad, Kenneth, says he was at home and heard his son screaming for him.
 
"I opened the door and looked out and he was running and his face was covered with blood, his hair, he had longer hair, " says Kenneth.
 
Allen says the dog's owner is a good friend, and has been to see Kenny in the hospital. They say they've been around Dallas before with no problems.
 
"When I would walk by his cage when I went to their house to get a drink or something he would always growl, but whenever they let him out in the house he was always friendly,” said Kenny.
 
It's been a grueling couple of weeks for the Allen family. Kenneth himself is recovering after having a heart attack last week. Now he says he's just thankful his son's injuries aren't worse.
 
"He's not paralyzed, his face isn't bad or anything but it's a long process we're going to be going through," says Kenneth.
 
The family's church, Faith Family Christian Center, is holding a fundraiser this weekend complete with live music, food vendors and a moon bounce for kids.

The money raised will help pay for Kenny's medical bills. For more information you can call the church at 803-366-5239.

 

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