Savannah Boy Attacked by Pit Bull Gets Visit from Animal Planet Star

By Christine Lucas    

Learning to live with man’s best friend

Victoria Stilwell, world famous dog trainer and host of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” visited Shuman Elementary recently to educate students in grades one through four on safe interaction with man’s four-legged buddy.

Seven-year-old Shuman student Javon Roberson was attacked by a pit bull last June and suffered severe injuries to his face. He was brought to the front of the gymnasium where the assembly was being held and recognized by students and faculty for his bravery. Also on hand to pay tribute to the little boy were Herbert Swain and Henry Murphy, who received their own well-deserved recognition for tackling the pit bull in an effort to help.

“I’m just glad we were there and that God gave us the strength to do what we had to do,” Swain said.

According to event coordinator Cheryl LaBon, Javon underwent eight hours of surgery and required 700 stitches. The EMTs who treated him on the way to the hospital were also there and cheered by Javon’s classmates…

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Animal Planet star Victoria Stilwell, right, poses with 7-year-old Shuman Elementary student Javon Roberson, who was attacked by a pit bull last year and had to receive 700 stitches.