Hunter Kilbourn, 10, went home Monday after undergoing two skin
graft surgeries at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento to repair the damage
to his head, face and arms, his mother, Melody Ralls said.
"We were really surprised he got to go home," she said, adding
that he is recovering well but suffered slight nerve damage to part of his
The Morello Park Elementary School student, who is set to enter
the fourth grade this fall, will be home-schooled for the next couple of
months as he continues to heal, she said.
Hunter was getting ready to play video games at a friend's house
in the 2000 block of Reseda Way in Antioch on Aug. 11 when one of two pit
bulls usually kept in the home's yard attacked, Ralls said.
When Hunter was knocked to the ground, the second dog attacked,
and the animals bit the boy's arms, head and face, severing part of his ear,
according to his mother.
His friend, a boy around the same age, was also bitten when he
tried to pull the dogs off, she said.
Hunter was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, where he
underwent his first surgery that night.
Antioch Animal Services took both dogs into custody and put them
in quarantine, where they remained as of this morning, police Lt. Diane
Ralls, a mother of three, said her son's ordeal has opened her
eyes to the potential dangers of leaving children unsupervised around pit
"There's always that controversy of owners versus pets, but you
never know, so it's better to be safe," Ralls said. "It happened to me, it's
going to happen to someone else."
Meanwhile, support from the community, including strangers, has
helped the family cope, she said.
Two donation funds have been set up to cover Hunter's medical
expenses, and several local businesses, from Buffalo Wild Wings to Great
Clips, have pledged to chip in some of their proceeds to the cause.
So far, more than $4,000 has been donated, Ralls said.
"I've learned there are people out there that really do want to
help out," she said.
Donations can be made to the Hunter Kilbourn Recovery Fund at any
Wells Fargo bank or via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.