Construction worker saves 8-year-old boy who was bitten 22 times during horrific attack by four Rottweilers
- Kenneth Hansen was working near a house when he heard a child scream
- He jumped over a fence where he saw four rottweilers baying for blood
- He picked the little boy up and rushed him inside the house to safety
- The boy, Ethan Nokes, 8, suffered 22 bite wounds, bruises and scratches
- He is expected to make a full recovery after being treated at the hospital
A brave construction worker is being hailed a hero after he rescued an eight-year-old boy from a vicious attack by four rottweilers.
Kenneth Hansen owns a construction business in Central Michigan and was working near a house when he heard the desperate screams of Ethan Nokes, 8.
Hansen jumped over a fence into a yard where he stumbled upon Nokes, of Riverdale, just in time on Monday while the little boy stood petrified and surrounded by dogs.
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Hero: Kenneth Hansen owns a construction business in Central Michigan and was working nearby a house when he heard Ethan Nokes, 8, screaming
In danger: Ethan Nokes, 8, was terrified after he was surrounded by four dogs who were attacking him
Hansen said: 'I tried to keep my body between the dogs and him ... and they were yanking on him trying to get him away from me.'
However his cool demeanor led him to pick Nokes up and carry him to safety in the house as the dogs tried to pull the boy from his grasp and follow them inside.
'They were pulling on him in every direction. In another 30 seconds they would have torn him up,' Hansen told The Daily News of Greenville.
According to police, Nokes was familiar with the dogs but they turned on him while he was playing with his brother in the yard in Gratiot County's Seville Township at his relative's house.
He suffered 22 bite wounds, bruises and scratches and his parents believe he has a broken leg. He was treated at a hospital and later released, police said and is expected to make a full recovery.
Hansen, meanwhile, wasn't injured during the rescue.
Injuries: Nokes suffered 22 bite wounds, bruises and scratches and his parents believe he has a broken leg
Mother's love: 'If they hadn't have been there ... I would have one less son,' mom, Doris Gifford said
'They were out to kill him, no question,' Ethan's mother, Doris Gifford told WWTV.
'If they hadn't have been there ... I would have one less son.
'I think that God put him there for a reason I have absolute faith in that,' Gifford added.
'I don't know. I don't have any other explanation other than it's God's timing and that's how things work.'
Animal control now have custody of the dogs and they may be euthanized.
The Gratiot County prosecutor's office is expected to review the case for possible charges against the dogs' owner.
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