Since News 9 first reported about 5-year-old Jacoby Bennett, the response has been overwhelming with heartfelt concern for the little boy but also many questions.
Jacoby was mauled by dogs Thursday and airlifted to OU Medical Center where is listed in fair condition.
"He's just real into nature. He's curious about everything,” his father Jeremy Bennett said.
As told by picture after picture, Jacoby is always outside and always in a pair of boots. The day he was attacked was no different.
“Just bite marks all over him,” Bennett said. “The unfortunate part is the dogs took his ears. So he has no ears now."
It's been two days since Jacoby's family sat down with News 9 and shared stories about their little hunter and fisherman.
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The attack has been under investigation until now, and the Pontotoc County Sheriff says no laws were broken, no charges are being pursued against anyone, and there are no leash laws.
There were three dogs outside when Jacoby walked next door to see animals inside a pen in his neighbor's backyard, and he had been around the dogs many times before.
"He entered the pen and the dogs, for whatever reason, chose this time to attack the little boy and was very vicious,” Sheriff John Christian said. “The little boy was mauled basically from head to toe."
The dogs are a mix of different breeds. All three were quarantined and the two who investigators believe attacked Jacoby were euthanized the next day, because their vaccinations were not current.
There is now a long road ahead for this nature loving little boy but one he and his family are determined to put behind them.
"I'm an optimist, and he is, too, and we're not looking back,” Bennett said. “We're moving forward."
A medical fund has been set up at any Vision Bank location in care of Kacie Bennett, or click here to donate online.