Cocke County boy mauled by dogs ready for surgery this summer

Cocke County boy mauled by dogs ready for surgery this summer

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It's been nearly three years since we first brought you the story of Brandon Williams, now 13, the boy who had his ears torn off when he was mauled by dogs near his Cocke County home. It's been nearly three years since we first brought you the story of Brandon Williams, now 13, the boy who had his ears torn off when he was mauled by dogs near his Cocke County home.
Brandon's left arm still bears scars, and he has the nightmares too. Brandon's left arm still bears scars, and he has the nightmares too.
The community rallied around Brandon's family after the attack, raising money for his medical bills and building them a new house. But then water flooded the basement, which is Brandon's bedroom, leaving behind black mold. The community rallied around Brandon's family after the attack, raising money for his medical bills and building them a new house. But then water flooded the basement, which is Brandon's bedroom, leaving behind black mold.
"He's having trouble at school. I don't know if it's his hearing or where he lost his mama and everything that happened to him all within seven months," Tony Williams said. "He's having trouble at school. I don't know if it's his hearing or where he lost his mama and everything that happened to him all within seven months," Tony Williams said.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - It's been nearly three years since we first brought you the story of Brandon Williams, now 13, the boy who had his ears torn off when he was mauled by dogs near his Cocke County home.

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Brandon's doctors in Cincinnati will start a series of surgeries this summer, now that the scar tissue has healed as much as possible. First, they'll rebuild Brandon's ear canals, then reconstruct his left ear using cartilage from his own ribs. The scarring on the right side is too severe, though. Brandon will have to wear a prosthetic.

"Both of us are going to counselors, straight up. I have nightmares over the dogs attacking him, seeing his eyes begging for help," said Brandon's father Tony.

It's just the two of them now, Brandon and his dad. Brandon's mother Christy died suddenly of lupus not long after the attack.

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"He's having trouble at school. I don't know if it's his hearing or where he lost his mama and everything that happened to him all within seven months," Tony said.

"If somebody's behind me I cannot hear at all and then like, if you're talking real low and you're on my right side, I cannot hear you," Brandon said.
 
Brandon's left arm still bears scars, and he has the nightmares too.

"Sometimes they're just about the dogs. Sometimes they're dinosaurs eating me or something," he said.

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The community rallied around Brandon's family after the attack, raising money for his medical bills and building them a new house. But then water flooded the basement, which is Brandon's bedroom, leaving behind black mold.

"I had to take the ceiling, walls, everything out," Tony said.

The family has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the dog owners and Michelle Hurst, who owns the property where Brandon was attacked.

"She was aware of the dogs, the danger of the dogs," Tony said.

Hurst tells 6 News she feels bad, but not responsible.

"It was so devastating, what happened to Brandon and still what he has to endure to this day," Hurst said.

Hurst says her daughter, who owned one of the dogs, is still living on her property and has three new dogs she lets run loose.

"She brought in a pit bull mix just recently," Hurst said.

Hurst says having the dogs around her young grandson makes her very nervous.

"The fear is that the dog will attack somebody else," Michelle said.

Both dogs involved in Brandon's attack were put down. As for the dog owners, Jennifer Switzer and Anthony Lugar, their two year probation was up in March. The prosecutor says Jennifer successfully completely hers, but Anthony did not and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
 
Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said he wasn't aware there were dogs running loose on that property again, and that his deputies do try to enforce the state leash law.          
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