Correction: As noted in "10 Stiches for Boy Bit by Dalmation Mix," an article subsequently published on Cartersville Patch, the dog involved in this incident is not a pit bull, as originally reported. According to the owner, the dog, JellyBeans, which is shown in the photo, is a Dalmation-Great Dane mix.
A woman whose son was bit by a pit bull pulled a gun and waved it around, threatening to kill the dog, but left the scene Sunday before authorities arrived.
Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies shortly after 2 p.m. were called to Brown Drive, where the residents said a dog had escaped a fence and bit the child. The dog's owner said the victim's mother came to the home, got out of her car and grabbed a gun. She drove off before police arrived, according to the report.
Authorities have no information on the boy's injury. The dog, described by a Cartersville Patch tipster as a pit bull that "attacked" a child, has been quarantined for 10 days of observation, according to a Bartow County Animal Control spokesman.
She said the animal could be classified as a dangerous dog, and it's unclear if the owner wants the dog back.
Georgia is one of at least 24 states in which animal control authorities report that pit bulls are biting more than all other dog breeds, according to DogsBite.org, a public education website. Pit bulls also are the most damaging breed with a hold-and-shake-style bite.