Man cited after dog knocks down, bites child

Man cited after dog knocks down, bites child
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was cited with harboring a dangerous animal after an animal control officer said his pit bull bit a 6-year-old child.

The alleged incident occurred Wednesday evening at a mobile home park in the 4300-block of Aggie Road, according to the initial report.

The victim's mother told Officer Beth Grant her son was outside playing when the black and white pit knocked him down and bit him.

The woman took her son to Urgent Care where he was treated for a bite to the forearm and ribcage area.

Officer Grant then went to the mobile home park to find the dog's owner, 31-year-old Joseph Cyrus Wheeler.

Wheeler told the officer an unidentified person had gone outside to catch the church bus when his dog ran out the door.

"He soon heard a commotion and could hear [redacted] yelling the dog's name," the report said.

Wheeler claimed he saw a child chasing the dog around the trailer, so he called the animal inside and placed it in the kennel.

"He then found that the dog had bitten a child," the report stated. Wheeler told the officer he went to find the child and parents to apologize.

Grant then cited Wheeler for harboring a dangerous animal, dog at large, and no state rabies vaccination. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 23.

Grant impounded the dog and placed it into quarantine for 10 days where it will remain pending the court's decision.

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