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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Two dogs attacked a six-year-old boy as he walked to his bus stop in a Henrico County neighborhood Wednesday morning.
His family’s security camera captured two dogs circle one child on London Drive in Glen Allen before they ran down the street to six-year-old Abanoub Zakaria and his mother.
The dogs then circled the boy and attacked.
"The dog just bite me too hard — and I got hurt,” Abanoub said.
The child said the dogs ripped his clothes, bit different parts of his body, and latched on to his backpack.
The boy's father, Youssef Iouza, said his wife was screaming and in shock over what was happening.
She was able to run to a neighbor's house for help and to ask them to call 911, Iouza said.
"There was blood everywhere," Iouza said.
Officials arrived and rushed Abanoub to the hospital.
The boy's father said his son had gashes all over his body so doctors applied numerous stitches where the dogs had bitten the boy.
The majority of his injuries were on his leg, head, and face, according to his father.
“I can’t explain how much pain it causes me seeing my son attacked by two dogs,” Iouza said.
The aftermath of what happened is weighing heavily on the little boy and his family.
Abanoub has trouble sleeping and is having nightmares about the dogs, according to his father.
Iouza said his son screams in his sleep and says, "Please stop — like he's talking to dogs."
Henrico Police investigated the incident. Neighbor Franklin Boyd’s two female Rottweilers attacked the child, according to a police report.
As of Sunday, police had filed seven charges against Boyd. Those range from multiple counts of vicious dog, dog running at large, unlawful concealment of the dogs, and noncompliance of the dog’s owner on the location of the dogs.
Officials have not said how the dogs escaped nor clarified if the animals were seized or if they remain with their owner.
However, police said both dogs were up-to-date on their vaccines.
Records show Boyd is scheduled to appear in court next week.
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