Boy, 6, seriously injured in dog attack on South Side - New York News

Boy, 6, seriously injured in dog attack on South Side

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A 6-year-old boy is recovering after a loose pit bull viciously attacked him while he was at a birthday party on the South Side.

The attack was recorded on video and the dogs have been taken into custody.

Home surveillance video shows the dog running freely and entering the yard at 74th and Champlain where a children's birthday party was underway Monday evening.

The kids were playing near an inflatable bouncy house. Then, adults see the dog and start herding the children inside.

There was panic when the dog attacked 6-year old Armani McKinnis. Men started beating the dog with chairs and toys, as well as kicking it until it let go of McKinnis.

“We started hitting with chairs, kicking and got the baby loose, I took him down the street. Kept pressure until the ambulance came,” said neighbor Michael Marshall.

The boy had surgery at Comer Children's Hospital.

“His leg, his whole face, his earlobe is missing, he has stitches everywhere,” said mother Sidney Upchurch.

Mckinnis’ aunt is the boy's parent because his mother died when he was only 3. She said McKinnis is improving and can talk now.

“He’ll talk about everything but the dog, his whole mood changes. We’re trying not to talk about the dog,” Upchurch said.

Neighbors were traumatized by the incident as well.

They learned that the owner, who lives down the street, turned the two dogs over to Animal Care and Control. Officers showed witnesses pictures of the dogs being held in their shelter and they were positively identified at the scene.

It's a relief, but the attack haunts the little boy's friends.

“It hurted me to see him, now surgery and he's only 6 years old,” said friend Elijah Doolin

Now that authorities have the dogs, they'll try to check the vaccination record so the family can know what's ahead for the boy. They already know he'll have to undergo a second surgery next week.

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