Child is airlifted after dog attack

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By Patrick Yost

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A 2–year–old child was air–lifted to Egleston’s Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 2 after being attacked by a Pit Bull in Rutledge.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the child was bitten on the face while the child’s mother and grandmother argued in the kitchen of the grandmother’s Fairplay Street, Rutledge, residence. Reports state that Laree Dean, 31, was allegedly arguing with her mother, Valerie Renaud, and the female child was standing next to Renaud in the kitchen. Reports state that during the argument the dog became aggressive and attacked. “Mrs. Dean stated that the dog became aggressive when Mrs. Renaud became upset,” reports state.

The dog belonged to Renaud, a deputy noted.

Reports state that several people attempted to pull the dog off the child.

When a deputy arrived at the scene, he was told that the child’s grandfather, David Renaud, 59, had shot the dog twice in the head and killed the dog.

Donna Prior, director, Morgan County Animal Control, took control of the deceased dog. Prior said the dog was not current on rabies vaccination and was sent to the state lab for testing. Prior said on Tuesday she was notified that the dog was not rabid. Prior called the incident a “tragedy.”

Dean said on Tuesday the child was “doing, very, very well” and that facial surgery “went very good.”

The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m., reports state.

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