Bradenton boy recovering from dog bites

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Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 5:59 pm | Updated: 9:29 am, Thu Mar 27, 2014.

BRADENTON-- A 13-year-old Bradenton boy is out of the hospital after being attacked by two dogs in his neighborhood.

The incident happened Monday along Morning Glory Way in East Bradenton. Justin Curtis, a 7th grader, was stopped at an intersection on his bike, when he says the dogs rushed up to him and started to bite him.

"I was hoping they were friendly, because I could not out-ride them. They just started to attack my legs," said Justin.

Justin says the dogs jumped on his back and he fell to the ground. He sustained several bites to his legs, and was treated at All Children's Hospital in St. Pete. Justin is now on crutches, with several bandages around parts of his legs. He also required several stitches.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, moments after Justin was attacked, one of the dogs tried to bite another resident who was attempting to hold on to the them before law enforcement arrived. That man, Roy Levin, told ABC 7 off camera that the dog bit the back of his leg, but the bite did not break any skin.

The dogs are two Australian Shepherds that apparently had escaped through a window at their owner's home. We attempted to speak with the owner, but the woman was not home when we knocked at her door.

Justin's dad, Jesse Curtis says he is happy his son was not injured any further.

"If this were a smaller child, this would have been very bad. Justin was strong enough to save himself," said Curtis.

The dogs are currently being held at Manatee County Animal Services. It's unclear what will happen to them.

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  • pawpawzz posted at 6:41 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    pawpawzz Posts: 1

    I hope your proud of yourselves Mr. and Mrs. Curtis. You've taught your children to lie, and because of that 2 sweet dogs are going to die tonight.
    we know it was 3 bites, 2 very minor and one that required 7 stitches no plastic surgery or skin graphs required as you tried to convince the public.

  • susanschirling posted at 7:12 pm on Wed, May 29, 2013.

    susanschirling Posts: 2

    Let me correct my mistakes, the dog names are Buck & Bill. And there has been robbery on he street

  • susanschirling posted at 7:08 pm on Wed, May 29, 2013.

    susanschirling Posts: 2

    I have follow this story from the beginning. The dogs name ae Buck & Bill. There as been robberty on their streets, so keep that in mind. Dogs look out windows thery dont go thought a window witout a good reasons. These dogs have no history of of being dangerous or vicious. So what would make a dog break through a window? They had to be provoked or tease. Now the father is suing the owner and ins co. He is also demanding that these dogs be kill. I sorry that Curtis was bit. But I think there is more to the story that the media should know.These are beautiful and loving dogs. Why would 2 dogs with no history of being mean go after this one boy. Isnt the media responibiliy to ge all the facts.


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