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German shepherd mauls two boys

Posted February 6, 2009

— A German shepherd roaming a neighborhood attacked and mauled two boys near the Black Creek community in late January, Wilson County Animal Control officers said Friday.

Cody Galloway, 9, and Anderson Hooks, 10, were playing near woods behind a neighbor's house in the 6400 block of Litchfield Road around 5 p.m. Jan. 22, said Maj. Mickey Wilson, of Wilson Animal County Control.

They noticed a German shepherd and a brownish-gold, mixed-breed dog following them. The German shepherd growled at Anderson, who tried to back away, then jumped on him and started biting his face and head.

Cody tried to pull the German shepherd off his friend, and it attacked him, Wilson said.

The homeowner, Tammy Goff, called authorities, and Dale Goff detained the German shepherd. Wilson said the dog kept acting aggressively, forcing him to put it down at the scene.

Both boys were taken to Wilson Medical Center, then transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital. They have been released from the hospital.

Cody suffered a deep laceration on his throat and three bites on his face, Wilson said. Anderson suffered two severe lacerations on his face and numerous bites to his face, and his ears were partially torn off.

Rabies tests performed on the dog's remains came back negative.

The other dog showed no aggressive behavior and stood over the injured boys, protecting them, Wilson said. It has not been found.

Animal Control was investigating to find out if the dogs have an owner, Wilson said.


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  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Feb 6, 2009

    i bet that german shep. was tormented or used in dog fighting, regardless it's a shame it had to be put down, but being as aggresive as he/she was there was no hope. good thing every one else was ok.

  • a2theizzle Feb 6, 2009

    Last week or so, My neighbor's german shepherd got off her leash and came running at me, in Sanford. It was growling and stuff. I had a big stick in my hands. It didn't bite. Good thing those boys are alive.

  • str8-line Feb 6, 2009

    itls, if this was your son I'm sure you would not think of it as history, more like it felt as if it happened yesterday.

  • WHEEL Feb 6, 2009

    This is history, not news.

  • Adelinthe Feb 6, 2009

    Thank God they survived, especially the one with the large wound to the neck.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • GoGreen Feb 6, 2009

    Anderson, you have a good friend in Cody. Cody, you are a brave boy.