A 10-year-old boy from Finney County, Kansas survived an exceptionally gruesome attack after he was mauled by his neighbor’s German shepherd mix. He faces many hurdles ahead. Chance Orozco went to visit his neighbor on December 5 when he was attacked by the dog, who was tethered to a nearby tree.
According to the Kansas City Star, the dog attacked Orozco’s face and neck. About 20 minutes after the vicious attack began, a witness called 911 to report that the boy was “down and not breathing, ” according to the Garden City Telegram.
“It’s an absolutely horrible, unfortunate accident,” Finney County Undersheriff John Andrews said.
The boy has suffered a massive head wound. According to the Garden City Telegram that wound is a hole the size of a golf ball. He has lost his left ear and he might also lose vision in his left eye. He has already undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries but faces many more over the next few months. Orozco is currently recovering in a hospital in Colorado. He currently cannot speak and instead uses a dry erase board to communicate.
“That dog was taught to attack,” Stephen Orozco, Chance’s father said. “We’re not blaming the dog for the attack. We are blaming the owners of that dog because that dog was taught to attack, so if there is a fight for what is right, then it would be to punish the owners for teaching dogs to attack.”
Capt. Randy Mosher of the Kansas Highway Patrol was impressed with the child’s bravery.
“He was an extremely strong boy. I never did see him cry,” he told the Kansas City Star. “I’m the captain for the Highway Patrol out here, and I’ve been on 32 years so I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff, and this was a very traumatic scene.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the family’s medical expenses. Chance’s dad stated, “If people want to donate, that’s fine. We’re not asking for donations. If anything, we’re asking for prayers. Chance, as far as him recovering, he’s doing very well.”