Boy mauled by dogs recovering

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A Chicago boy was at a birthday party Monday when two dogs mauled him. Now the boy, 6, is smiling through his bandages, saying he can’t wait to leave the hospital.

Lenard McKinnis is in good spirits and in good health. His family will know more about his health Monday, when he has another surgery scheduled in which doctors will start taking some of the stitches out.

Lenard has been at Comer Children’s Hospital since the attack. He has a lot of stitches in his face, his legs and his hand, as well as stitches holding his earlobe on. He may also need to get a plate put into his face, according to his family. Doctors will know more Monday.

Lenard was at a birthday party in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue when two dogs got away from their owner. One grabbed onto Lenard. As he was trying to escape, a neighbor caught the dogs on video.

The boy’s aunt and legal guardian, Cindey Upchurch, has been by his side since the attack.

“When I saw him, I started to cry, and he told me, ‘Don’t cry,’” Upchurch said. “He wasn’t crying. I haven’t seen him cry throughout all of this. So it’s like, I just have to stay strong for him.”

Lenard said he is excited to get out of the hospital and start first grade, which is a few weeks away.

The two dogs that were involved in this attack were turned over by their owner and put down by the authorities.

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  • Eurosario

    Why didn’t they name what type of dog was it because if it where a pitbull it would’ve been in bold and underline in triplicate.

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