The pins holding his leg together show up as dark lines on the x-ray, and the torn flesh makes you cringe in sympathy.
"There were teeth marks on his bone," said John Carter, his 13 year-old son Darius a patient at St. Francis since Saturday after he tried to break up a fight between his dog and the neighbor's dog on the other side of the fence.
"And he grabbed our dog by the collar to pull him away from the hole and his foot slipped into the hole, and that's when the dog grabbed his foot," he said.
And grabbed it with a fury, inflicting an enormous amount of damage.
"It broke both of his bones in his leg, shattered one of the plates in his foot also, one of his bone plates, and part of his growth plate is actually missing," said John.
The dog, named Copper, is a German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix, currently in quarantine for 10 days at the Tulsa animal shelter.
"Having the animal actually taken from the owner is a very lengthy process," said Tulsa Animal Shelter director Jean Letcher.
To begin with you need more than one bite occurrence.
"This is actually the third," said John.
There was the time John's foster son was bit.
"I think he had to have a few stitches but it wasn't that bad," he said.
And then there was the time his other son was bit.
"And we had to take him to the hospital he had to have 18 stitches, I mean it was down to the white meat," he said.
But neither of those bites were reported, in part because the Carter's didn't know they process, so now, technically...
"This is the first reported bite that we have a report on," said Letcher.
Which means the dog could very well be back next door in a matter of days, which doesn't sit well for John's son.
"He's traumatized, you know he wakes up screaming in the middle of the night calling the dogs name," said John.
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