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Friday, October 17, 2003
Teen has surgery after attack by Dolphins player


DAVIE, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy was attacked by a dog owned by Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and underwent hand surgery Friday.

Jonathon Raof had emergency surgery to repair nerve damage at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, said the boy's mother, Denise Raof. The boy had been released from a Pembroke Pines hospital Wednesday, three days after the attack.

The boy's arms and right leg were hurt Sunday outside the Raof home, about a mile from Taylor's home. Taylor was in Jacksonville for Miami's game against the Jaguars.

"I'm very sorry about what occurred, and I've been in constant contact with him and his family to try to help in any way possible," Taylor said in a statement released Thursday by the Dolphins. The team said Friday that Taylor considers the matter private and does not plan to discuss it further.

Broward County Animal Care officials said Thursday the dog would be euthanized. Taylor was fined $213, Animal Care and Regulations Division spokesman Allan Siegel said.