Georgia boy has ears ripped off after dog mauling

  • Ethan Fain was attacked by his grandmother's neighbor's dogs on Christmas Eve
  • The pit bulls pulled him down from a tree he was climbing and over a fence
  • One of his ears was bitten off and the other was left barely attached to his head
  • The child needed 300 stitches to his head, back, neck and shoulders
  • His mother Tracy says the dogs' owner is facing a 'slap on the wrist' punishment
  • He can be fined up to $1,000 or spend 12 months in jail if convicted of reckless misconduct  

A mother has told of her outrage over the 'slap on the wrist' punishment for the owner of two pit bulls which mauled her son in a vicious attack. 

Ethan Fain, seven, was playing in his grandmother's back yard in Lilburn, Georgia, when the animals pulled him down from a tree he was climbing and over a fence on Christmas Eve.

They mauled his ears, taking the right one off and leaving his left ear hanging by a thread.

Doctors sewed his right ear into his stomach in the hope of later reattaching it and gave him 300 stitches across his back, neck and shoulders.

 Ethan Fain had his right ear entirely ripped off and the other was left hanging by a thread after he was attacked by his grandmother's neighbor's pit bulls. Doctors sewed his right ear into his stomach to stimulate tissue growthEthan Fain had his right ear entirely ripped off and the other was left hanging by a thread after he was attacked by his grandmother's neighbor's pit bulls. Doctors sewed his right ear into his stomach to stimulate tissue growth
Ethan Fain had his right ear entirely ripped off and the other was left hanging by a thread after he was attacked by his grandmother's neighbor's pit bulls. Doctors sewed his right ear into his stomach to stimulate tissue growth 

His mother Tracy has since told of her outrage that the dogs' owner may get away with a fine for the attack despite having been given citations for the animals' behavior before.

'I think he is getting off with a slap on the wrist,' she told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Tim Fain, the animals' owner, faces a $1,000 fine or 12 months imprisonment if he is convicted of reckless misconduct.

Mrs Fain said her son is still haunted by the mauling.

'Ethan still has nightmares and panic attacks related to the attack,' she told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

 The seven-year-old's mother Tracy (above together before the attack) has told of her outrage that the dogs' owner may only be punished by a $1,000 fine or spend 12 months in jail 

The seven-year-old's mother Tracy (above together before the attack) has told of her outrage that the dogs' owner may only be punished by a $1,000 fine or spend 12 months in jail 

 Ethan had to undergo 300 stitches to his neck, back and head after the attack and will have surgery in six months to have his right ear reattached

Ethan had to undergo 300 stitches to his neck, back and head after the attack and will have surgery in six months to have his right ear reattached

 Ethan had to undergo 300 stitches to his neck, back and head after the attack and will have surgery in six months to have his right ear reattached 

Ethan had to undergo 300 stitches to his neck, back and head after the attack and will have surgery in six months to have his right ear reattached 

The boy was playing in his grandmother's back yard when his parents heard frantic screaming from inside the home. 

They ventured into the back yard to discover he had been dragged over the fence by the two dogs which were continuously biting him.

He told his mother they eventually stopped attacking him when he lay 'really still', WSBTV reports.  

The only dog he now feels safe around is the family's own pet, Jazz, which tried to climb over the fence to save him when he was being attacked, his mother added. 

Ethan spent weeks in hospital and will undergo surgery to have his right ear reattached to his head in six months. 

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family met his medical expenses. It has so far raised just over $11,000.  

 The only dog he now feels safe around is the family's pet, a Blue Heel-Border Collie mix called Jax (above) 

The only dog he now feels safe around is the family's pet, a Blue Heel-Border Collie mix called Jax (above) 

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By Mathias Dillion 01/31/2017 10:11:00