KAPAA (HawaiiNewsNow) - An 8-year-old Kauai boy remains hospitalized two days after he was mauled by a neighbor's dog. According to the child's family, it's not the first time the rottweiler has attacked someone.
Jeremiah Dela Cruz is recovering after a terrifying attack. He was bicycling to his home on Makana Road in Kapaa with two friends at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
"A 110-pound rottweiler came over the fence and attacked him, pulling him from the bike and continuing to attack him," said Jeremiah's grandfather Roger Walraven.
A neighbor heard Jeremiah screaming in pain.
"He saved my grandson's life, taking the boy's bike and beating the dog off my grandson and then putting the bike between him and the attacking dog," said Walraven.
The 23-year-old owner of the dog came out and retrieved the animal. Jeremiah suffered severe bites on his left arm and leg.
"To be honest with you, before they took the shirt off and the towel off, I was like, 'Whoa, oh my God' and my heart just sank into my stomach," said Matt Dela Cruz, Jeremiah's father.
Police cited the owner for a dangerous dog violation and contacted the Kauai Humane Society for follow-up, but the boy's frustrated family said the animal was quickly moved to another neighborhood.
"Thursday evening, the dog was seen by a neighbor in the owner's truck being taken away, and today when they were asked by a 3rd party, all they would say is the dog is gone," said Walraven.
Walraven said the same dog attacked another boy two weeks ago. Jeremiah is still being treated at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. His wounds are healing, but he's not out of danger just yet.
"He's just being monitored for infection so they have him hooked up to a saline solution and an IV drip to prevent the infection from happening," said Dela Cruz.