Loris child bitten by dog

Saturday afternoon, a 4-year-old boy was bitten by a dog at a home in Loris.

James Smith, Tyler's step-father, was doing work at the at the home of Harold Lewis, when Smith says Lewis' yellow lab bit Tyler.

"He bit me right in the face," Tyler said.

Tyler had to undergo emergency surgery and get 18 stitches.

"I worry about what this is going to do to him. He will always have the scars, but I wonder what affect this will have on him emotionally," Tyler's mom Christy said.

South Carolina law states any dog that bites someone is to be quarantined for 10 days. The agency that handles that, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, is closed on weekends. Calls made by both the Smiths and NewsChannel 15 resulted in answering machine messages.

Harold Lewis, the dog's owner, says an Animal Control officer visited and asked him some questions about the dog, but he hasn't be required to quarantine it.

Horry County Police say they responded to the call about the dog bite Saturday. The responding officer filed a report, which is now handed over to DHEC.

"It's basically fend for yourself," James Smith says.

Lewis says the dog is up to date on its rabies shots.