His son is in a special wheel chair. His mother, Tessa, says he born with a defect in his lower back.
The dog that almost bit him was a service dog and because of that distinction they were told by mall officials that nothing could be done.
The dog's handler a disabled veteran, says the dog did not bite the child, and instead 'head-butted' the child in the mouth.
Service dog's usually wear vests that have a sign telling people not to pet them. That was the case in this incident as well.
Arron Venoy with the Abilene Animal Shelter said the dog was quarantined at its owners home.
He also said after an investigation the dog was found to not be dangerous.
The parents of the boy wanted to know if the man and his dog would still be allowed in the mall.
Mall of Abilene personnel sent us this statement:
"The local authorities were called when the alleged incident occurred and they determined there was no wrong doing on the part of the service dog or its owner. Therefore no police report was filed.
We fully comply with local and state laws which allow service dogs in the mall."
In our initial reporting of this story, we did not report the dog owner / handler's side of what transpired. We did report the statement from the mall, and information provided by Animal Services, as well as the perspective presented by the parents of the child. However, we did not initially report the point of view of the dog's owner, a disabled veteran. For that, and the unforeseen affect our story has had on his activities, we apologize. We will continue to report on events surrounding this as they merit.