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Boy, 7, mauled by pit bull named ‘Chuco’ in ‘unprovoked attack’

Residential surveillance footage revealed a pit bull mix breaking loose from his yard and attacking a 7-year-old boy, and the child’s mother is hoping the dog’s owners step up and at least offer an apology or show interest in her son’s well-being.

USA Today reports that Chucho, a black pit bull mix from Manor, Texas, charged after Brison Aldridge, 7, when the boy returned a scooter to his friend’s home, where the dog managed to escape from a fenced yard. The attack, which lasted around 12 seconds, left Brison with injuries to his back and upper thighs that required surgery and several trauma unit follow-up appointments.

“It was rough. Definitely brought tears to my eyes,” Brison’s mother, Shauna Aldridge said. “When something happens to your child, and you have no control over it. There was nothing I can do. I came after the (attack). It’s definitely a hard thing to swallow, to see him struggling.”

Shauna Aldridge also explained that she and others knew the dog was aggressive, and she never let Brison play at his friend’s house due to Chucho’s nature. Further, she said that she owns a pit bull as well and her son knows the breed, and didn’t do anything to purposely set Chucho off.

The dog’s owners surrendered the dog to the Austin Animal Center for a 10-day rabies quarantine after it was determined they didn’t have proof of rabies vaccination. They were also cited for unprovoked attack, animal at large, and no registration on the dog.

Meanwhile, Aldridge said she would consider taking legal measures against the family only if insurance doesn’t cover all of Brison’s medical expenses.

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