A young Fulton boy walking home from school Friday afternoon became the latest victim in a string of dog biting incidents over the past two months.
Major Roger Rice with the Fulton Police Department said a 12-year-old male was walking from Bartley Elementary School to his home on Chestnut Street at approximately 3:30 p.m. when "a pit bull mix ran up from behind and bit him on the back of his thigh and then bit him again."
Rice said the youth was taken to Callaway Community Hospital where he was treated for at least two significant puncture wounds and then released.
He said the dog, which came from the residence at 410 S. Business 54, apparently is not often let out of the house.
"The dog normally stays in the house," Rice said. "They (owner Lacy McDonald) took it outside and put it on a chain and the dog either broke free or somehow got loose from the chain."
He said McDonald was issued a summons for a dog running at large.
"The dog was picked up and was extremely aggressive - they had to muzzle him when they picked him up," Rice said. "Animal control declared him a vicious animal."
Rice said the dog was euthanized Saturday morning, noting, "the owner did cooperate fully." He said samples will be sent in to the State Health Labratory test for rabies in lieu of the usual quarantine period.