CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local mom is in a desperate search to find the owners of the dog that bit her 5-year-old son in the face.

The boy is still recovering from his injury.

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"He didn't bite up here because I was wearing my helmet," said Caleb Wilson as he described where the dog bit him.

The dog attack happened so fast, Caleb hardly remembers what happened. However, the pain felt is something Caleb can't forget.

"It felt like a crocodile biting my head," said Caleb.

For Lindy Wilson, a day at the Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews turned into a trip to urgent care.

"He's seeing blood dripping down he's really scared," said Caleb's mother, Lindy.

In recent weeks, there have been a number of dog attacks in our area. NBC Charlotte pulled stats from previous years. In 2015, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Control reported some 1,382 dog bites on people. In 2016, that number went up to 1,557.

"He ran right behind me the dog," said John Garcia, another dog bite victim. "My brother tried to hit it with a skateboard, and the dog bit me."

Lindy said she never saw it coming.

"It was really unexpected," Lindy said. "I think we were all shocked."

Now, the rush is on to find the owners of the dog who bit Caleb. From Facebook to the NextDoor app, Lindy is trying everything.

"We just need verification of the rabies vaccine," said Lindy.

Otherwise, Caleb will have to get shots of the rabies vaccine in his face.

In the meantime, Caleb's scar will serve as a reminder for Lindy the next they go to the park.

"If we're out and about, we're not going to pet other people's dogs. No matter how friendly they say their dog is," said Lindy. "You just never know."

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