JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Warren County boy remained in the hospital after a family dog attacked him. The 22 month old was mauled in the yard outside of his home near Vicksburg in Warren County around 6:45 Wednesday night.
The toddler underwent surgery on his head. Jack Gaines, who turns two years old in May, was in the front yard with his grandmother.
"It happened in just a split second and I have no other words. I'm still in shock about it," said Jack's father Brad Gaines.
No violent tendencies and no aggression, according to Gaines and Robin Causey, but for some reason the family's six year old Black Mouth Cur attacked their son Jack.
"It's ridiculous. It is something that should have never happened. Jack didn't do anything wrong," said Robin Causey.
Causey and Gaines said the dog was completely unprovoked when he dashed across the yard and grabbed their little boy. The dog had Jack's face in his jaws and was shaking frantically. The boy's grandfather stepped in and beat the K9 with a bottle until it finally let go.
"Shock. Panic. I didn't know what was going on. All I could do is grab my baby and call 911," said Causey.
Jack was taken to River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg and quickly airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson.
"He had a gash right here. I could see his skull and another one here where the dog clamped down," said Causey.
The dog, Mojo, is being held at the Vicksburg Humane Society and scheduled to be euthanized Friday. Jack has undergone one surgery, but because of the severity of his injuries it is unclear if he will ever be able to open his left eye.
"To see him in the bed where he can't even open his eyes and he can't even say mama no more, it hurts. Because of a dog, it hurts," said Causey.
A fund has been set up to help pay Jack's medical expenses. It is Funds For Jack Gaines and Robin Causey at Regions Bank. Money can be donated at any Regions Bank Branch or sent to Regions Bank at P.O. Box 369, Centerville, MS 39631.
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