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Niagara Falls boy faces long recovery after Rottweiler attack

Kaden Mitchell, the 7-year-old Niagara Falls boy who was attacked by his aunt's two Rottweilers June 7, is slowly improving, but may face another four to six months of surgeries.

His grandfather, Roy Gregory, said Monday that a scan showed the swelling in Kaden's brain is decreasing.

Soon an operation will be performed to close a large wound in the back of his head. Skin grafts may be necessary to fully accomplish that.

Gregory said doctors have not been able to close the wounds on the back of the child's head because of brain swelling and infection caused by the dog bites.

"Dogs have a lot of bacteria," Gregory said.

Kaden remains in Women & Children's Hospital, where he was kept in a medically induced coma for a week after the attack. He wears a neck brace and receives pain medication, Gregory said.

The boy is believed to have suffered a stroke in the hospital and had stents placed in his neck arteries at Gates Vascular Center, Gregory said. Also, the dog attack inflicted a spinal cord injury.

Niagara Falls boy mauled by two dogs may have suffered a stroke

"They think he's young enough to overcome it," Gregory said.

Gregory said the boy received 250 stitches and 250 staples to close the wounds in his head, face and neck inflicted when the dogs attacked him in the backyard of the 70th Street home of his aunt, Keri Ann Sweatman. She turned the two dogs over to the SPCA to be euthanized on June 8.

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Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Friday that the case is still being investigated.

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto, however, said that although the reason for the dog attack remains unclear, it doesn't look like charges can be filed.

"The child was being watched. There was no intent," DalPorto said. "There's nothing we can charge."

An effort to raise funds for the family on the GoFundMe website, started by Sweatman had raised $5,265 for the family's expenses from 112 donors as of Monday morning.

Gregory said the boy's mother, Vikkilynn Avino, has taken time off work to be with her son and that will put financial pressure on her family.

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