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Dog jumps fence and attacks playing boy

Rush Springs_A pit-bull jumped a fence and attacked a boy in Rush Springs on Sunday.  Seven-year-old Blake McClure was riding his scooter on a street near his grandmother's house, as he often does.  But, while playing there on Sunday, a pit-bull from a yard nearby jumped the fence and attacked him. 

It first bit his face, and then clamped down on his arm, dragging him to the ground.  A neighbor saw the attack and grabbed a stick to beat the dog away from the boy.  Blake is doing fine now, but the family is still upset.  They say what they want is an apology from the dog's owner.  They say they've heard no response to the incident at all.

Blake loves dogs and has two of his own - his dad says they are the boy's best friends.  But, after an attack from another dog, he was reluctant to play with them.  "When he got home from the emergency room, he just wouldn't get out of the car until he was sure there were no pit bulls around," says his mother Greg.  "The very first place the dog went for was his head.  Which got him - the bottom jaw - got him right under his eye, and the top of its jaw got him right here at the top of his head," says his mother Jennifer.

They say the dog also bit Blake on the arm and jerked him to the ground.  "He jumped the fence and started attacking me," says Blake.  "Bless his heart his instinct was not to run.  He said, ‘Because Momma, he would have knocked me down and I couldn't have fought for myself,'" Jennifer says. 

Neighbor Larry Joe Crabb witnessed the attack unfold while he was playing basketball down the street, and chased the dog away from Blake.  "He said, ‘Mom, I don't know how much longer I could have fought off that dog if that man hadn't saved my life,'" says Jennifer.   She says his injuries are not extensive, but the wounds Blake suffered were inflicted in only a matter of seconds. 

The dog who attacked Blake has now been issued its fourth citation for escaping from its yard.  Rush Springs Police have had problems with pit-bulls before, and want to get them banned from the city.  "We do have an ordinance that is in place," says Rush Springs Police Chief Wayne Munn.  "Just waiting on the state statute to be changed - where any one specific breed can be eliminated.  Until that happens, our city ordinance just sits there and won't be enforced."

The McClure's say they don't demonize pit-bulls as a breed, they only want the owner to be held responsible.  "Our dog could bite somebody," says Jennifer.  "I'm not saying he will or he won't, but if he does, I'm gonna do the right thing to take care of the action - put my dog down or pay medical bills, whatever is my responsibility as a dog owner." 

Since the dog bit Blake, Marlow Animal Control has quarantined it for 10 days to determine whether the dog shows signs that it may attack and bite again.  Owners are not given citations unless a dog is proven to be a biter. 

Larry Joe Crab is a volunteer firefighter who survived injuries and burns suffered in an accident while fighting Duncan wildfires in Marlow in 2006.

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