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9-year-old mending after 3 dogs attack

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DRAPER — A 9-year-old boy is recovering from injuries inflicted by three hybrid wolf dogs that bit him more than 30 times on the head, neck, legs and back.

About 10 a.m. Sunday the boy went to a neighbor's house, 13623 S. 300 East, to get his family's two dogs that stayed there while the family was at the hospital for a unrelated injury, Salt Lake County sheriff's spokeswoman Peggy Faulkner said.

As he got the family's dogs, the three dogs owned by the neighbors attacked him, Faulkner said. The boy screamed and a bicyclist riding by saw it and at first thought the boy was only playing.

"Then she realized he was in trouble and flagged down a motorist," Faulkner said.

Using a pipe, the two diverted the dogs' attention to free the boy.

"If this bicyclist and motorist had not stopped, those dogs would have killed him," Faulkner said.

The boy was taken to Primary Children's Medical Center because it was first thought he had a punctured lung, Faulkner said. That was not the case and the boy is expected to recover fully.

Salt Lake County Animal Services and sheriff's deputies were on scene. The sheriff's deputies cited the dogs' owners for not having obtained rabies shots for the dogs, lacking proper licenses and for keeping attack animals, Faulkner said.

Apparently the dogs' owners had had problems related to the dogs in the past. A judge had given them strict specifications on how to deal with the animals. Faulkner said the dogs weren't being cared for properly and were being fed cow bones.