HOUSTON A 2-year-old boy who was viciously attacked by a dog in southwest Houston at the end of August was at home recovering with his family.

The toddler sustained multiple lacerations covering half of his face, across his scalp and forehead, and down his cheek, in addition to multiple deep puncture wounds in his back. The injuries required multiple stitches.

The little boy s mom said he was outside playing with the neighbor s kids at their apartment complex in the 12500 block of Sandpiper on August 27 when her 4-year-old son, who was also playing outside, ran inside and told her that his little brother was dead. Panicked, the mother ran outside and found her son covered in blood and the neighbor s dog, which was unsupervised and without a leash, standing nearby with blood around its mouth.

Anthony Donnell Ruff, the dog s owner, said he let the dog go outside to use the bathroom and it ran around the corner like it usually does. Ruff said his 8-year-old stepson was with the dog, a pit bull/ Rottweiler mix, and denied that the animal was aggressive, according to court documents.

Ruff was charged with dog attack/ failure to secure dog; a felony. Ruff s bail was set at $5,000 and he was released on Tuesday morning.

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