Toddler in hospital after attack by dog

Published 12:54 pm Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Vicksburg toddler was taken to the hospital after being mauled by a family dog while playing in the yard.

The 20-month-old boy, Jack Gaines, was in good condition this morning at University Medical Center, hospital spokesman Peggy Wagner said.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said the boy was attacked by the family’s 5-year-old, 70-pound cur dog while playing in the backyard with other family members Wednesday night. Pace said the “dog just bolted across the yard and grabbed the boy by his face,” and the boy’s grandfather, Ira Erwin, was able to beat the dog off his grandson and rescue him at the family home at 733 Stenson Road. Jack, the son of Robin Causey and Brad Gaines, initially was taken to River Region Medical Center and then transferred to UMC.

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The dog has been detained at the Vicksburg Humane Society.