Story updated at 1:20 p.m., May 22, 2013.
ST. GEORGE – A 10-year-old St. George boy returned to school Tuesday after spending two weeks recovering from an attack by three Rottweilers.
On May 6, 10-year-old K.J. Reid was attacked by three Rottweilers after falling into the yard where the dogs were kept. He was playing with friends when he got up on the block wall that separated the yards and fell off.
The dogs also attacked their owner and her 10-year-old daughter as they tried to separate them from the boy. K.J.’s injuries required surgery, while the dogs’ owner was treated for extensive bite marks on her arms. Her daughter was also treated for bites to her hands.
The dogs were taken into the possession of animal control following the incident.
“Today was his first day back to class,” K.J.’s father, Rob Reid, said Tuesday.
Rob Reid said his son had only required the one surgery following the attack and has been recovering well since.
“He’s up and walking around,” he said, and said that K.J. wants to be more active than his recovering injuries currently allow for.
K.J. was able to make it to school for the morning, but by noon he was taken home. Rob Reid said it’s hoped he will be able to stay the entire day tomorrow. Even though the school year ends in a few days, K.J.’s parents want his friends to remember him in his recovering state before summer break, rather than remembering how he looked in the hospital.
Concerning the attack, Rob Reid, whose family is acquainted with the family that owns the Rottweilers, said, “it really was just an accident.”
He said the woman who owns the dogs also appears to be recovering well and is expected to return to work soon. Her 10-year-old daughter is also doing fine after t.he incident,
Rob Reid said officials with the City of St. George recently contacted his wife to inform the family that none of the Rottweilers were infected with rabies or any other disease, and that they also implied that the animals would be dealt with soon.
St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said the case has been handed over to the St. George City Attorney’s Office for review. City Attorney Shawn Guzman said no charges have been brought against the dogs’ owner as the city’s legal office is still screening the case.
Guzman also confirmed the three Rottweilers were put down with the owner’s consent.
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