A ten-year-old Martinez boy is facing multiple reconstructive surgeries and could be partially paralyzed in the face after being attacked by pit bulls inside a friend's house in Antioch over the weekend.
Ten-year-old Hunter Kilbourn was playing at a friend's house here on Reseda Way on Sunday when the incident took place.
KTVU spoke with the boy's mother, Melody Ralls, who became very emotional as she explained how the dogs attacked her son.
Ralls said he was walking upstairs to play video games with a friend when a pit bull at the friend's house knocked him down the stairs.
That pit bull and another pit bull then attacked.
She was at a relative's house next door and heard the screams.
"Then when I ran over there, I saw Hunter lying on the ground in front of their house," said Ralls.
Ralls said the dog had torn into her son's cheek, skull and arms. It was hard to see for Hunter's mother, who has seen a lot as an ICU Nurse at Kaiser in Oakland.
"He was just like 'Mom, I don't want to die. And that was when I knew that I had to relax and be calm," remembered Ralls. "I'm like, 'You're not going to die. You're fine.'"
The ten-year-old Martinez student is at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Surgeons had to reattach his ear during their operation Monday. His stepfather said it's difficult to see Hunter with such violent injuries.
"Knowing that he's going to have to have many surgeries, skin grafts…it's just a shame," said Ralls. "My heart breaks for him."
Melody Ralls said her son loves swimming and was looking forward to starting fourth grade At Morello Park Elementary in Martinez this month.
At the friends' house Monday, the homeowners put a sign outside that read "Please don't bother us. It's been horrible. We are dealing with this."
The pit bull has been taken in by animal control, but Hunter's mom said she thinks it has attacked before and wants the dog euthanized.
"To me, that's negligence on his part, knowing that you have vicious dogs and you're not doing anything about it," said Ralls.
Antioch police said Hunter's friend did try to pull the dogs off of Hunter and was also bit on his arm. He's expected to be alright. As for Hunter, his next surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
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