PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla.- A child is recovering in an Oklahoma City hospital after being nearly mauled to death by dogs at a neighbor’s house off of Highway 3 northwest of Ada.
5-year-old Jacoby Bennett’s mother found him unconscious in their neighbor's yard just before 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said the young boy had been mauled by dogs from head to toe.
"My understanding is that she actually loaded the child up and met the ambulance about halfway,” Christian said.
Bennett was airlifted to an Oklahoma City Hospital. He has undergone numerous surgeries already, including reconstructive surgery on his face and his ears, which the dogs had chewed off.
Randy Schrader told News12 nothing like what happened Thursday afternoon had ever happened before.
"I got a lot of nephews and nieces his size and they've been in that pen playing with them dogs and never had a problem,” Schrader said.
Schrader said Bennett liked to come over and play with his goats and his chickens.
"He'd been coming over here most of the time when we were here,” Schrader said. “I didn't realize he had been coming over here when we weren't here."
Schrader ordered two of his three dogs, a shiatzu and a boxer, to be euthanized on Friday.
“I don’t want dogs around that are going to do stuff like that,” Schrader said.
Their bodies have been sent to the lab for rabies testing.
A third dog was in the yard but not believed to have been involved with the mauling.
"She did not have a drop on her nowhere and the other two were covered,” Schrader said.
Christian said no charges will be filed against Schrader and that he does not expect any child neglect charges to be filed against the boy's mother, either.
Schrader said his insurance is going to pay for Bennett's injuries.
“I don’t even have the words to express how sorry I feel toward the family and Jacoby for this happening to him,” Schrader said.
A crowd funding page has also been set up for Bennett at https://www.youcaring.com/jacoby-bennett-528735#.VtAFW5ifbP8.facebook.