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Child hit by bullet fragments when police shoot dog

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

RIPLEY, MS (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South child is recovering after being hit by bullet fragments when police shot a dog in Ripley.

A new town law says all dogs must be on a leash or caged. But Monday, Lillie Robinson said her neighbor's two Chows run free.

"Mostly, I think it's the black one," said Robinson. "Its like a big bear. It's always running up and down the streets."

Friday morning, Animal Control was called to a house on Walnut St.

"When he arrived a black Chow wouldn't let him get out of the vehicle," said Ripley Police Chief Scott White.

The animal control officer then called police. Two officers responded and tried to restrain the dog.

"It then lunged at them," said White. "Both officers discharged their weapon, firing at it, hitting the dog."

However, seven-year-old DeMarion Boyd was playing in the yard next door. Police say he was struck in the arm by a ricocheted bullet.

"He came down to the bedroom where I was at, and then it was dripping blood and that's when I came out here and told him that he had been shot," said Robinson.

An officer drove the boy to the hospital where he was treated and released. White said animal control does not have the equipment to handle a large dog.

"We're going to have to find a different way to handle dogs than that," said White. "We don't want something like this to happen again."

Meanwhile, Robinson is grateful. She said her grandson could have been killed. "Children are precious to God," said Robinson. "He was looking after him that day."

The dog survived the gunshots. The owner said his Chow, Coa-Coa has never bit anyone. However, he said he's not mad. He just wants the police and animal control to find a better solution, so this doesn't happen to someone else.

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