no, the pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old Effingham County boy in July, has gotten another reprieve.
A court hearing scheduled for today to determine the fate of the dog has been postponed indefinitely.
The dog’s court-appointed attorney, Mickey Kicklighter, asked for the postponement, saying in court documents that he had other, more pressing cases to handle at the same time.
Chief Superior Court Judge William Woodrum Jr. filed an order yesterday that postponed the matter “until further order of the court.”
Kno bit James Frye when the boy was playing inside a neighbor’s house in the Paddleford Subdivision. The child suffered serious bite wounds to his face. He’s back in school and is improving but still has some paralysis to his face, according to Effingham Sheriff’s Office Spokesman David Ehsanipoor.
Kicklighter, who is representing the dog pro bono, has said the question to be determined at the hearing is whether or not the dog will be euthanized.
The director of animal control for Effingham County, Romie Currier, has said the dog might find a home under the supervision of someone who is familiar with the breed.
Kno belongs to the county, which has been paying for his room and board at the animal shelter since the boy was bitten in July. The dog has been in custody for 170 days so far.
The county charges $10 a day to house dogs that have been accused of biting someone, Currier has said.