Grandfather, Boy Among Four Attacked After Loose Rottweilers Terrorize Neighborhood

Four people, including a 10-year-old boy, were attacked by Rottweilers Sunday afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

All four victims were treated for "what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries," Laura Hourigan, a spokesperson for the Raleigh Police Department, said in a statement to Newsweek.

A 39-year-old man named Cyril Alhaj Chesson has been charged with attack by dangerous dog and animal at large in connection to the incident, Hourigan said.

Police were dispatched to the scene at about 2 p.m., she said.

The boy was allegedly on a walk with his father when the attack happened, WTVD-TV, a local news station, reported.

Four people were attacked by Rottweilers who were running loose in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday. Above, a Rottweiler is presented at the Ankara National Breed Standards Competition. ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images

A witness told WNCN-TV, another local news station, that he saw the dogs running nearby and told the boy to go inside his home. The two dogs then allegedly ran and jumped on the boy.

The boy's father, who was also attacked, allegedly used a knife to stab one of the dogs and defend himself, WRAL-TV, the area's NBC-affiliated station, reported.

One of the victims was a 70-year-old grandfather and another was a 23-year-old man, according to WRAL.

One witness, Bobby Smith, told WRAL that he saved his father-in-law and son from the dogs.

"They started biting my son so I drug Grandpa inside the house and then I went out to help my son and started hitting them with a broom," he said to the station. He had to wrap his father-in-law's wounds with a homemade tourniquet until EMS arrived, WRAL reported.

About 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States, and about 800,000 of those result in medical care, according to the website Canine Journal. Rottweilers do not make the organization's list of dog breeds that bite most often, but they have the 12th strongest bite at 328 pounds per square inch. Kangals have the strongest bite at 743 PSI.

The website warns people to not approach unfamiliar dogs, not to run from them, and if knocked over by a dog, to roll into a ball and remain motionless, covering your ears and neck.

State Farm paid nearly $157 million for more than 3,185 dog-related injury claims in 2020, the insurance company said in a report. The report pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic as a source of stress for dogs.

"Experts fear another disruption—this time cause by the easing of restrictions for activities outside the home—could lead to a spike in dog bite incidents," the report said.

Several dog attacks have occurred across the country this summer. Two Pit Bulls mauled their 59-year-old owner to death in their West El Paso, Texas, home earlier in July. In June, a 7-year-old boy was killed after being mauled in South Carolina.