ROCK HILL, SC (WJZY) - The Rock Hill Police Department issued a citation to a local resident after they said their dog attacked a 7-year-old boy.
Officers said at 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 they were called to 916 Jones Avenue S. located within the city limits of Rock Hill in reference to a dog attack.
Upon arrival, police met with Stanshae Gordon who said earlier, around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, he was called at work saying his 7-year-old son had been attacked by a dog along Pebble Road.
Gordon told police he waited so long to call because he had brought his son to Levine's Childrens Hospital in Charlotte. Officers observed injury to the boy's chin/jaw, his left arm, and his back.
Gordon told police his son received more than 50 stitches. He told officers he had already been down to Pebble Road, and spoke with the dog's owner, Emanuel Dow.
Officers went to the house along Peddle Road and met with the dog's owner. Dow advised that around 1:00 p.m. he was home and then left the house for about 15 minutes. When he got back, the child had been attacked.
Dow explained to police his children were attempting to go inside the home when the lab mix came outside. Dow said the 7-year-old child got frightened and began to run, and that's when his lab mix attacked.
Dow said he always tells his children to let him introduce the dogs to strangers before allowing them inside the house. Dow said he was not familiar with the 7-year-old boy.
Rock Hill police said Dow was cited and released on scene for Violation of Dog Ordinance (Vicious Pet). York County Animal Control was notified earlier Tuesday in reference to this incident, and advised Dow on the home quarantine process.