Dog owner surrenders after attack on 4-year-old, grandpa

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EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) – A man surrendered Sunday after his dogs attacked a family, biting a 4-year-old boy on his face and chest, police said.

Lawrence Kelly, 25, of East Meadow, was charged with one count of violating a state law regarding dangerous dogs, a misdemeanor.

The boy was walking with his grandparents and 14-month-old sister in East Meadow on Friday afternoon when two Rottweilers and a bulldog approached them, Nassau County police said.

One of the Rottweilers jumped on and attacked the boy, but the grandfather pried him from the dog’s mouth and rushed him inside their house, police said. The dogs gave chase and repeatedly tried to bite the boy and grandfather, police said.

The boy’s ears were torn, and he suffered big gashes on his face and bites to his torso and buttocks.

The boy and the grandfather, who suffered chest pains, were treated at the Nassau University Medical Center. The grandmother and the little girl weren’t hurt.

The dogs were taken to an animal shelter.

Kelly was issued a desk appearance ticket and told to show up in District Court in Hempstead on May 15.

There was no telephone listing for Kelly at the home address provided by police.

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