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'I loved him,' Ga. boy says of dog that mauled him
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police officer before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy's face Tuesday.

Jeremy told the newspaper, "I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby."

After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it.

Jeremy's mother says once her son's stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.


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