Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A grade school boy waiting for a bus in North City is attacked and “very severely” bitten by a dog running loose.

St. Louis city health director Pam Walker says the mauling occurred on Monday, but was only reported to her office yesterday.

The child’s condition wasn’t immediately known, but Walker points out he was spared the additional pain of rabies shots when hot-spot officers patrolling the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood helped track down the dog.

It was the 127th serious dog bite report in the city this year.

“We have about 10 really aggressive dog attacks a year, where I just say, ‘You’re not getting this dog back, no matter what,'” Walker says.

There were 315 reports of serious dog bites in St. Louis last year, nearly one per day.

But Walker says that’s down from 408 in 2012 and 384 in 2011the year they started issuing ordinance violations to negligent dog owners.

“We issue about 100 a year for people who don’t have vaccinations, let their dog run loose, don’t have them on a leash,” she says. “So, I think the message is getting through.

While pleased about the downward trend, Walker says buried in the raw numbers are horrific stories like the boy who was severely bitten this week.

She says dogs that attack humans are often put down, or their owners face the prospect of paying up to $50,000 to get the animal back.

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