An 8-year-old Columbus County boy was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon after being attacked by dogs a day earlier.
Henry Taylor Smith underwent two surgeries and remained sedated at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, according to his mother, Lenore Wheeler.
Smith was injured Tuesday morning by three pit bulls at a neighbor's house on Smith Road in Nakina.
"The dogs won't even let us hardly get to him," Wheeler told a 911 dispatcher. "I took a stick and beat the dogs off of him. I tried to pick him up. He's just limp. His eyes are rolled in the back of his head. He can't, he can't move."
Wheeler said her son had cuts from "head to toe."
Smith went missing Tuesday morning. His bike was spotted at the dog owner's house, about a quarter mile away.
"He's knows better than to sneak out," Wheeler told 911. "He sneaks out to get on his bike."
Wheeler said her son had been warned to stay away from the dogs.
The dog's owner - who asked animal control to take the pit bulls - is not facing charges, according to Animal Control Director Rossie Hayes. He said the dogs will be euthanized.
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