ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A 10-year-old Athens boy says a pit bull terrier that mauled his face and attacked a police officer before being shot had been one of his favorite pets.<br />
The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/UQeXpt ) Jeremy Martinez required 30 stitches after the dog he had grown up with for four years unexpectedly attacked and tore off a piece of the boy's face Tuesday.<br />
Jeremy told the newspaper, "I loved him. He was my favorite because we had him since he was a baby."<br />
After the attack, the dog bit a police officer who came to the scene. The officer shot the dog several times, killing it.<br />
Jeremy's mother says once her son's stitches are removed, a plastic surgeon will examine the boy to determine if he needs reconstructive surgery.
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.
Earlier this month, the Wrigley Company announced plans to hire 150 new employees for its facility in Flowery Branch. Starting on Wednesday, May 27, the company will begin taking applications for some of those positions.