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Blount County boy attacked by pit bull gets hospital visit from another victim

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By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter 
 
MARYVILLE (WATE) - A Seymour boy is still recovering at UT Medical Center after being attacked by a pit bull Monday night. On Tuesday, Foust had a special visitor from a Maryville boy who was mauled by a pit bull last year.

7-year-old Austin Foust had his ear bit off by his uncle's pit bull Monday after the dog broke his chain. His family says doctors were not able to re-attach his ear like they hoped, but they attached it to his arm instead. He will most likely have another surgery at a later date.

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8-year-old Sport Kim says he wanted to bring Foust a card, and let him know he's going to be okay. Since Sport's attack in May 2013, his mom Jennifer says they've actually visited several children who are going through the same thing.

Sport was seven when he was attacked by his aunt's dog. His mom and sister Danica were there when it happened.

"My mom was screaming," Sport said.

"His head was inside the jaws of this animal," Jennifer said.

"I was like oh God please don't die, please don't die. I love you," Danica said.

"It was close to my eye, really close," Sport said.

"The dog wouldn't let go. My husband had to immediately jump on the dog and choke him," Jennifer said.

After the dog passed out, they were finally able to get Sport free and rush him to the hospital for surgery.

"The whole car was bloody and my mom had to run a red light," Sport said.

"He had a big hole in his face. I thought it got his eye because it was like really really close to his eye. I thought he'd never see again," Danica said.

"The most damage he got was nerve damage. So by the end of the day, his face will droop down," Jennifer said.

Jennifer says Sport is expected to physically recover after about five more surgeries. She has an online fund set up to help pay for his medical costs. Since the attack, both of her children have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sport has to be home-schooled. 

"Danica and Sport, their whole personality just changed, that's the hardest part."

Jennifer now runs a Twitter account called "Pits Aren't Pets." She says she isn't against dogs, in fact the family has a great dane, but she says she wants to warn people about the dangers of pit bulls.

"I have a dog, I get it, I love animals. Sport's biggest thing is he loves animals. But you have to be cautious. You have to know what your breed can do and what it’s capable of, and protect children."

6 News went to Young Williams Animal Shelter in Knoxville for a comment. Pit bulls make up about 17 percent of the dogs there.

The director of shelter operations, Monica Brown, says there are many misconceptions about pit bulls. She says they weren't bred to kill.

"Just like there are different people characteristics, there are also different animal characteristics. If you aren't a pit bull lover, I'm not going to convince you here tonight that this is the perfect dog for you. If you are a pit bull lover, you already know and understand that. But I want to give people that opportunity. There are good sides to every dog in the shelter, not just the pit bulls. But pit bulls deserve a chance just like everybody else," Brown said.

Brown says they do a manager approval on all pit bull breeds to make sure the dog is compatible with the family who's adopting.
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