FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A boy who was disfigured by a pit bull that had been fed live rabbits has been awarded $2.3 million by a jury that found the dog's owner negligent.

But Broward Circuit Judge Robert C. Abel said Thursday the chances that 14- year-old Timothy Philbin would receive the money seemed remote because dog owner William Curtis did not attend the trial and his whereabouts are unknown.

The teen-ager can't smile or drink out of a glass because the left side of his face remains paralyzed from the September 1988 attack, said his lawyer, George Thomas. The boy also is deaf in his left ear, which was severed but surgically reattached.

The boy is playing baseball again, and ''emotionally, I'm really amazed at how well he's done,'' said his grandmother, Jean Philbin.

Timothy was playing with a friend north of Pompano Beach when two dogs raced toward them and the pit bull locked his jaws on his head. The dog was later destroyed.