Boy Survives Dog Attack, Dog Shot

Thursday, December 18th 2008, 1:13 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A 9-year-old was attacked by dogs on the way to school Thursday morning.

Keimarian Sargent was walking to school when four of his neighbors' dogs turned on him.

"The dogs was barking at me," Keimarian said. "One came out and bit me."

The boy was bit several times, on both of his legs and his jacket.

Crystal Sargent, Keimarian's mother, said she panicked when she found out her son was attacked.

"My brother threw a bike frame at him to get the dog off my son," Crystal Sargent said. "He ran into the house, sat down and started crying."

As Keimarain stayed inside, Oklahoma City animal control officers were outside tracking down the pets. While the search continued, an unidentified person decided to take matters into their own hands.

"There was about five or seven shots fired from the front yard," said Officer John Alvarado of Oklahoma Animal Welfare. "We were on the other side of the fence."

Officers said they're investigating who fired the shots.

The dog that attacked Keimarian was left for dead. The nine-year-old was protected by the heavy jacket he was wearing.

"If someone gets bit, we're going to make every action possible to catch the dog," said Alvarado. "We're going to have to tranquilize it chasing them down. We don't need the public coming down here with firearms and trying to help us out."

The dogs reportedly belong to the boy's neighbors who moved out on Wednesday. They left behind belongings and their pets.

Animal control impounded the other dogs involved.