Connor Landers: Texas boy, 7, attacked by dog undergoes 3-hour-long surgery
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Connor Landers, 7, is on the road to recovery after undergoing three-hour-long surgery. The kid was attacked by a dog last month and had severe injuries all over his body. Connor has been admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, for his ongoing treatment.
The mixed breed of brindle boxer and a bull mastiff attacked him while he was getting off a bus. Connor is in a bad condition. He has bruises, cuts, bites, and deep scratches. The boy underwent reconstructive surgery which went beyond three hours. He might undergo a few more procedures, where the doctors will work on the repair of his nerve damage as well as on his tear duct.
According to Connor's mother Cassandra Ware, her son wouldn’t be able to write and use one of his arms without physiotherapy sessions. Connor got two dozen severe scratches on his body. Connor's mother said, “He spent several days in the hospital after he suffered from numerous lacerations to his face and arms with puncture wounds to his scalp and neck from being bitten.”
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The severe incident was spotted by one of Connor's neighbors as her own dog started growling during the accident.
Connor's neighbor Lorena Parker told FOX 4 Dallas-Fort Worth, “He had Connor, was taking him through the ditch to his yard. Every time I got the dog off, he would turn and go right back to Connor because he was crying. It was horrible.”
"There was no thought, just to do, get the dog off of him," she further added.
Parker was rewarded $500 as compensation and the Sherif’s office commended her for acting in time and saving the boy’s life.
“We commend Conner’s neighbor for her bravery and quick actions in saving him,” Sheriff Russ Authier said in a statement.
She added, “We are praying for Conner to make a full recovery.”
According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, “The dog involved in the attack was also euthanized last week.”
“A neighbor reported her dogs were creating a ruckus in late January and went to see what they were barking about, when she discovered another neighbor’s dog attacking Conner in the street in front of her home," according Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Conner’s case in undergoing investigation by the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division. The dog is owned by Patti Jean Bell-Neveling who has been was arrested under the charge of third-degree felony by a dog causing severe damages. Jean’s bond was set at $10,000.