Three Bull Terriers accused of mauling a 7-year-old boy on Sept. 2 were euthanized and the bodies sent to a state lab for rabies testing, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control.
It remains unclear if the owners of the dogs will be charged in connection with the case, which Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say remains an ongoing investigation.
The attack occurred about 4 p.m. Sept 2, in the 700 block of Rome Court. The victim, Noah Bertrand, required dozens of stitches in his forehead and later underwent cosmetic surgery at Levine Children’s Hospital. He is a second grader in the French immersion program at Waddell Language Academy.
Police say the three unrestrained dogs came out of a nearby wooded area and began attacking Noah after he got off a school bus in front of his home and began walking toward his mother, Elizabeth Bertrand. She immediately began beating and kicking the dogs off of her son and was subsequently bitten.
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Animal Control Officers were able to find the dogs, which had returned to their residence. Investigators say the owner admitted the three had been loose. It’s unclear how the dogs got loose.
Witnesses verified that they were the same dogs involved in the attack. The owners of the canines elected to surrender all three pets involved in the incident to Animal Care and Control.