Boy, 11, Mauled By Great Dane

GROVE, Okla. (AP) – Authorities say an 11-year-old Oklahoma boy underwent surgery after being mauled by a Great Dane.

According to a police report, Troy Helms was attacked by the dog after falling at the Strut Your Mutt dog walk at Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma on Saturday. Helms received more than 100 stitches.

The dog walk was sponsored by the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake.

Humane Society vice president Lori Follis says she saw the dog bite the boy and clamp down on his face and neck.

Witnesses told Grove police that after the dog was pulled off the child, its owner loaded the dog and left. According to the police report, the owner was issued a citation for the attack.

Follis says organizers will discuss what changes could be made at the event to prevent future attacks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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