Neighbor saves Noble boy from dogs

JAMES S. TYREE Published: August 22, 2009
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NOBLE — A 12-year-old Noble boy is recovering after he was attacked Thursday evening by five dogs while riding a bicycle near his home.

Ronnie Kessler had 20 to 30 lacerations from the attack, according to Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett, including a deep forearm wound that required four staples. The bites were primarily on the boy’s arms and legs.

Burnett said all the dogs belonged to one person. No charges have been filed, though Burnett said the dogs were taken to a veterinarian and could be euthanized.

The boy was riding his bike on a small road near 156th Avenue and Post Oak Road when five dogs chased him and pulled him to the ground.

A neighbor saw the incident and fired a BB gun toward the dogs to scare them away.

Lisa Ditto, Ronnie’s mother, identified the neighbor as Louise Wade.

"Normally she’s not out there, but she was getting ready for a yard sale on her front yard.”

Douglas Ditto, Lisa’s husband, said an ambulance took Ronnie to Norman Regional Hospital, where he stayed for treatment past 2 a.m. Friday. He said the dog owner has a chain-link fence on his property but the dogs have gotten out before.

Deputies identified two dogs as shepherd/collie mixes, two as a pit bull terrier/collie mixes and one as a boxer/pit bull mix.

Ronnie, a sixth-grade student at Curtis Inge Middle School in Noble, stayed home from school Friday. Lisa Ditto said her son is eager to get back to school and hopes to be there Monday.