12-year-old boy in coma after he was viciously attacked by six dogs while riding his bike in Mississippi
A 12-year-old boy from Mississippi is in a coma after he was viciously attacked by a pack of six dogs while riding his bike on Friday. The boy, Aden Green, had to be airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and had to undergo surgery on Sunday before being placed in a medically induced coma on Monday.
As reported by PEOPLE, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department shared that Aden was "mauled by six dogs" in Winona. He was riding his bike when he was spotted by the mixed-breed dogs, Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix revealed. A GoFundMe page which was started for the family read, "The dogs pulled Aden off his bike and into a ditch. Thankfully someone driving by was able to beat the dogs away from him and call for help."
The dogs had run out from a yard and proceeded to drag Aden off his bike while biting his arms and legs, Nix added. Three passersby, Ricky and Jeremy Kilgore along with Jeremy’s son noticed Aden's abandoned bike and then saw him being mauled. They attempted to fight off the dogs using sticks and hammers. "If they hadn’t come by, [the dogs] could’ve killed him. They bit some chunks out of him," Nix shared.
According to the GoFundMe page, Green suffered "massive injuries" to his arms and legs and currently has a feeding tube.
Nix revealed that the young boy has already undergone two surgeries and is likely to need more as he will remain in the hospital for the next couple of weeks. All the dogs have been euthanized as Nix shared that the animals were legally allowed to roam around freely in the area.
Authorities determined that none of the dogs had rabies and the dog's owner will not be facing any charges in the gruesome attack. As reported by WCBI, according to Arlin Pearson who is the Animal Control Officer for Winona, "This was by far the single worst incident I’ve ever seen while having this job."
Arlin added, "For something as innocent as a young boy having fun on his bike to be mauled by a group of predatory dogs like this, I can’t even fathom how he felt, and I know his family is just torn to shreds about it too."
Doll Stanley who is the director of In Defense of Animals’ "Justice for Animals Campaign" is going to be advocating for an animal control ordinance in the country. Stanley shared, "The child was helpless, absolutely helpless."
A report also added that a family member said that the boy tried to play dead during the attack in the hope that the dogs will leave him alone.