Worship Under the Bridge is making efforts to help the family of a Jacksonville boy who was hurt in a dog attack over the weekend.
Donald Hammock, minister for Worship Under the Bridge and chaplain for the Jacksonville Police Department, said Worship Under the Bridge has set up a fund at Austin Bank, and all proceeds will go to the family.
“We just felt the need to help one of our own …” Hammock said. “That’s the purpose of Worship Under the Bridge — to reach out and help the community.”
The attack occurred about 5:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Meadowhill Drive.
Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel said he was told that the family was getting ready to go outside around that time. He said the boy, 3-year-old Konen, put his coat on and went outside, and his family members later followed. At that time, two family dogs were outside, and they saw Konen was being attacked, he said.
“They of course got the dog away from the boy,” Daniel said. “One of the dogs … was stabbed by one of the family members. It didn’t kill it, but it did cripple it, so everything was safe.”
He said Konen was airlifted to a Dallas hospital.
Hammock, who said he has been in contact with the family, said Tuesday the family is asking for prayers.
Daniel said the dogs, which, according to the Klein Animal Shelter, were mixed breed, were taken to Klein and euthanized. He said the dogs would be tested for rabies.
Daniel said Tuesday that based on what he had seen so far, no criminal charges will be filed related to the incident.
“They seem to be a really good family. … It was just a tragic accident,” he said.
Those who want to donate may do so at Austin Bank locations. People can also send a check made out to Worship Under the Bridge Konen Fund to Austin Bank, P.O. Box 951, Jacksonville, TX 75766.