Howard County Dog Mauls Three-Year-Old

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HOWARD COUNTY- Three-year-old Kain Studley is recovering after his neighbor's dog bit him in the face at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Charles Flick of Fayette witnessed the incident while visiting Studley's parents at 442 County Road in Howard County. A white German Shepherd bit Studley in the face twice before running away.

"I saw the dog come from behind. He grabbed the boy by his face, put him down and took another bite," Flick said.

Studley was released from the University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia early Thursday morning. Studley's aunt, Jennifer Mathews, said he is expected to recover after undergoing 25 stitches.

"He could be disfigured from this in the long run. He will have major scarring on his face as it is. He's in a lot of pain. He hurts. He cries. It's really sad," Mathews said.

"His eye socket is fractured in two different spots, and he's had to have rabies shots," Mathews said. "He has puncture wounds on his temple and on the bottom of his chin." Mathews also said Studley will need nasal reconstructive surgery in the future.

The dog belongs to Tammy Huffman and Porky McCormack. According to the Howard County Sheriff's Department, the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies.

As a result, the sheriff's department said the dog must be contained inside for 10 days following the attack. It should not be restrained outside while it's under observation for rabies.

According to Flick, the dog also bit the owner's granddaughter in the past. "There is a history of this dog attacking animals and children," Flick said.

KOMU 8 witnessed the dog restrained by a chain outside the owner's home at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday. "They're not doing anything about it. It makes me really mad," Flick said of the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's department later picked up the dog. At approximately 5:50 p.m. Friday, KOMU 8 received word they obtained it from the owner's home. The dog will be held at Howard County Veterinary Service for the next 10 days.