You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Boy attacked by dog gets 200 stitches


The 3-year-old boy who was attacked by a pit bull Tuesday afternoon needed more than 200 stitches and is currently recovering at home, his family said.

Ricky Preston's grandmother said he was playing in the backyard of a home in the 1100 block of Lagonda Avenue when a pit bull, which was on a leash, got loose and charged into the yard.

His family at the time described his injuries as "pretty severe." They said he will return to the hospital on Thursday.

The grandmother, Sonja Preston, said the dog grabbed the boy by the head, began shaking him and would not let go.

"My grandchildren all come in the back door screaming," she said.

A granddaughter ran out and began beating the dog, but the dog would not release the child, Preston said. The granddaughter and a next-door neighbor continued to beat the dog until it let go and the boy was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

"I didn't know what to think," she said.

Ricky was transferred to Dayton Children's Hospital where he was being evaluated in the emergency room at 10:45 p.m. and said to be in fair condition, according to an official with the hospital.

"I just want my grandson to be alright," Preston said.

A crew with the Clark County Humane Society has the dog and will quarantine it, said Jimmy Straley, humane society executive director/chief dog warden.

The owner, who lives in the neighborhood, has been cited by the humane society with failure to license, failure to inoculate and failure to control the animal, Straley said.

He can legally get the dog back if he wants, but he'll have to allow it to be quarantined because of potential rabies issue, Straley said.

The owner will have to get a proper dog license and will have to do things to contain the animal -- muzzling him, for example -- because the humane society will label the dog as dangerous or vicious depending on the severity of the wounds and the details of what happened.

The child had been taken away or was about to be taken away when humane society crew arrived, Straley said.

"From what I understand, they were pretty severe," Straley said of the boy's wounds.

Springfield police Lt. Jeff Meyer said the dog's owner, 51-year-old Robert Rife, tried to walk away from police but was quickly taken into custody.

Rife was not arrested, Meyer said, but was cited into court on the three minor misdemeanor citations he was given by the humane society crew. The case will be reviewed by the Clark County Prosecutor's Office to see if more charges are warranted.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

Mother with cancer dies a day after delivering twins
Mother with cancer dies a day after delivering twins

A Fresno, California, mother died a day after welcoming newborn twins. KGO-TV reported that Jamie Snider, 30, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time. She discovered the cancer returned when she learned she was pregnant. Throughout her pregnancy, Snider underwent intensive treatment that included chemotherapy. “They couldn't...
Report: Shooting near metro station in France linked to criminal gangs
Report: Shooting near metro station in France linked to criminal gangs

The shooting Friday night that injured three people in Lille, France, is believed to be linked to criminal gangs, news agencies are reporting. The shooting in the northern French city injured three people, including a 14-year-old boy. However, none of the injuries were described as life-threatening, according to reports, including from the Daily Mirror...
8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested
8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

A Texas couple was charged with child endangerment Thursday after a woman told Harris County sheriff’s deputies that she found their 8-week-old child in the middle of a parking lot, according to multiple reports. A woman called police Tuesday night after finding the baby boy strapped to a car seat in a parking space in a Katy strip mall, ...
‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron
‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron

Who’s a better leader, John Kasich or LeBron James? According to Fortune magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers star edges out the Ohio governor, but Kasich did well nonetheless, finishing 12th in the publication’s fourth annual ranking of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” Related: You can call up the list here The list is purposely...
COMMENTARY: Remembering black history is American history

Why don’t we have White History Month? I was recently talking with a medical professional and the subject of Black History Month, which was marked last month, came up. The phrase had barely been uttered when this person I have known and respected for many years quipped, “Why don’t we have White History Month?” The response seemed...
More Stories