Rottweilers that attacked deaf boy are still alive

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CLEVELAND COUNTY,Okla.-A child attacked by three rottweilers is walking again, after the dogs nearly killed 10-year-old Elijah McKenna. We first told you about the story a few weeks ago.

The dog owner said he would put the animals down, but things have changed.

The owner went back on his word, he says his vet advised him against euthanizeing the dogs.

Now, Elijah's mom is scared, knowing the dogs are still around.

"This was the one that was, it was almost the size of a tennis ball," Rhianna Bravenec, Elijah's mom describes.

They are scars from an attack that left him fighting for his life.

"Almost a month, he was out of school for almost a month," Bravenec said. "His incisions look great, the doctors did an amazing job, I don't know how they closed those wounds like they did."

Some scars she thinks will stay forever.

"He's got one above his eye, it's healing really well, but you can tell it's not going anywhere either," Bravenec says.

But it's the invisible wounds keeping this mother up at night.

"What he had to go through mentally, is also permanent. I really need this man to take responsibility for what his dogs did," Bravenec says.

We talked with the dog owner when the attack first happened.

"I mean, it's terrible, I'd already put these dogs down, but I got to wait 10 days," Martin Tidwell told us back in April.

Ten days came and went, the dogs are still alive.

"This man is just getting off scott free and so are his dogs. He's just getting to live everyday like nothing happened and we still have to live with this everyday," Bravenec says.

We went back to the owner.

"They're 18 months old, it's not like they're big vicious dogs or anything," Tidwell told us.

He says he's been keeping them locked inside the pen.

"I think it's an owners responsibility to make sure they don't hurt nobody," Tidwell went on.

We asked how he was taking responsibility for what happened?

"Well, I got them put up, I mean, I got them put up," Tidwell says.

"If this was your child, your grandchild, what would you do?" Bravenec added.

We tried talking with the Cleveland County's Sheriff's office, they simply told us they don't have a leash law.

The dog's owner says he has already given away one dog and wants to give away a second one, just not put them down.

 

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