Former Springfield State Representative Mark Wright's dog bit a 14-year-old boy as he was walking to school Friday morning.
Police say when the dog attacked the boy on his way to Reed Middle School, Wright's wife ran out of their home, corralled the animal and called authorities. The boy is now recovering from several wounds.
Wright has been cited for a vicious dog at large, and for not having the dog tagged for current vaccinations. Wright, a Republican, represented the #137th House district in north Springfield before running an unsuccessful campaign for State Auditor in 2006.
WRIGHT RELEASED THIS STATEMENT:
"The Wright family is devastated by this event, especially the injuries sustained by the young man. He will be in our prayers for a quick recovery and our family will incur whatever necessary medical expenses. Additionally, to make certain that there is never a reoccurrence of this regrettable accident we have made the decision that our family dog Charlie will be euthanized, which has made this unfortunate accident even more difficult for our family to bear."
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