ADA, Okla. (KFOR) — A young boy is recovering from severe wounds after being hospitalized following a dog attack.
"I told mom that I never want to go by one of those dogs again," 7-year-old Caden Spaulding said.
That's because Spaulding's body is now covered in deep wounds after two of his neighbor's dogs allegedly attacked him.
"I heard a bark and then I just went running and yelling my sister's name, but then one knocked me down," he said.
He had to have 15 stitches and 15 staples in his scalp.
His mom, Roxanne Thompson, told News 4 this isn't a first. One of the dogs allegedly tugged at her son's pants earlier this year and attacked their neighbor's child too.
"Here we are, a little over a month later, and now we're at eight wounds, one being on the head where his scalp was torn away from his head," Thompson said.
After the first attack, Thompson said the dog was quarantined for 10 days at the county health department. This time, the dog was quarantined at home.
"Slap on the wrist, no fine, nothing. Slap on the wrist, here's your dog back. We gave him his rabies shot," Thompson said.
She said she wants to see the dogs put down.
"Children's lives are way more important than animals. He's way more important than an animal," Thompson said.
Sheriff John Christian said euthanasia could be a possibility with a court order, but it all depends on where the investigation leads.
"The deputy that responded and that's working the case said he believed there are up to 10 dogs at this residence. That's quite a number, and determining which dogs did the attacking and which didn't has been difficult," Christian said.
He said if they can confirm one dog is responsible for attacking both children, the owners will face criminal charges.
"If you see these pictures, it literally makes you sick to your stomach that a child would have to go through that," Christian said.
If charges are filed, the owners could face a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.