Dog put down after mauling child, JPD report says

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – After a little boy was mauled by a relative’s dog, the animal was put down Friday in Jonesboro.

At about 2:20 PM at NEA Baptist Hospital’s emergency room, Jonesboro Animal Control Officer Matt Gragg took the report. He made contact with the mother of the “little boy,” who said she took the trash outside and saw the dog was on her boy.

“The lacerations were very bad and the little boy was going to have stitches to close up the wounds,” Gragg reported.

The dog was the woman’s father-in-laws. The officer went to the address, the 220-block of Magnolia, where the dog was. After ten minutes or so, the report said the owner showed up. He was very upset by what had happened, the officer reported, and asked if he could put the dog down. The officer said he couldn’t. The man insisted on taking the dog to Hilltop Family Pet Hospital, where the vet put the dog down.

The head was sent to Little Rock for a rabies test.

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