Sunday 29 November, 2020

St Ann boy mauled by dogs off for treatment in USA

Mickele Allen, the five-year-old boy who was attacked and mauled by a pack of dogs in St D'Acre, St Ann on Sunday, has left the island to receive further medical treatment in the United States.

It is understood that a group of Jamaicans organised for the boy and his mother to travel to New York on Friday for an emergency medical procedure at a hospital there.

Mickele regained consciousness on Monday after he was bitten all over his body, including his head, by at least six dogs as he returned home from a shop in the community that is located in the Alexandria area of the parish.

The child was transferred from the St Ann’s Bay Hospital where he was initially treated, to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew, where he was expected to undergo plastic surgery to his head. It is not clear whether that procedure was done at the facility.

Meanwhile, three of the dogs that reportedly mauled the boy were taken into the custody of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) with the assistance of the owner of the animals and the local police.

In relation to a probe into the incident, head of the St Ann police, Superintendent Carlos Russell, confirmed on Monday that several statements had been collected, including from one person among the owners of the offending dogs who has so far been identified.

It was reported that sometime after 1 pm on Sunday, the child was on his way home from a shop where he had been sent by his grandmother, when the dogs attacked him, resulting in bite wounds all over his body.

In a graphic video obtained by Loop News, the blood-soaked child was seen being placed on a stretcher. One of his ears appeared to be missing.

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