Three Temecula children were hospitalized Saturday, July 11, after a family friend's dog attacked them.
All three children – ages 4, 14, and 15 – were taken to a local hospital with injuries to their arms. One was then flown to a hospital in San Diego for further treatment.
The dog – an American Staffordshire terrier, a breed of pit bull – was turned over to animal control officers.
The children were attacked just before 5 p.m. Saturday in the 40000 block of Chantemar Way in Temecula, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.
"Witnesses stated the dog ... mistook children playing as aggressive actions," the release said.
It attacked one of them, and when the child’s siblings tried to help, the dog attacked them as well, the release said.
When deputies arrived, they confined the dog to a bathroom and called animal control.
Animal Friends of the Valley, which provides animal control services in Temecula, is not open on Sundays and could not be reached for information on the dog's status.
Anyone with information on the incident may call sheriff's deputies at 951-696-3000.