GRAPHIC: No charges filed after child hospitalized following attack by dogs in NC

Charges will not be filed a week after a mother says her son is lucky to be alive due to a dog attack.
Published: Aug. 31, 2023 at 9:39 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2023 at 1:12 PM EDT
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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said no charges were filed after deputies investigated a dog attack that injured a child on Aug. 26.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 12-year-old boy was riding his bike in the Grassy Knob Road area when he was attacked by multiple dogs. Deputies were not made aware of the attack until Monday.

Amber Barnes said her son, Hunter Bishop, had to have several surgeries as a result of the attack. He will continue to have more due to the large lacerations caused by “at least 10 pit bulls who were loose and seemed to be malnourished”.

The sheriff’s office said they met with the district attorney following the investigation and decided not to file charges against the dogs’ owners. The district attorney said, “Based on the information presented by the Sheriff’s office, the actions did not violate any North Carolina criminal laws.”

There is no word on what happened to the dogs.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Bishop to help with hospital bills and other expenses.

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