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.
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching, the Afternoon News Wrap called upon Capt. Zach Brackett of Hall County Fire Services and Dr. Tawanna Strauther of the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group for some tips and tricks to help keep you safe if you plan on firing up the grill or barbecue.