OCALA FL - A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS MAULED IN THE FACE AND HIS BABYSITTER WAS ATTACKED BY A "MIXED-BREED" NEUTERED MALE DOG IN A BACKYARD
A dog attacked a 2-year-old boy at a home near Ocala Thursday afternoon.
The child and his babysitter were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville with non-life-threatening injuries.
Marion County Fire Rescue responded to a call at 2 p.m. at 6 Almond Course, where the family dog — a fawn and brindle and white mixed-breed, neutered male — had attacked the boy and bitten him in the face near his ear.
The babysitter, a woman, jumped in to help the child, and the dog bit her on the leg, according to officials from Fire Rescue and the Sheriff's Office.
The boy was in stable condition at Shands late Thursday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Animal Services officials took the dog to the county animal shelter, county spokeswoman Elaine McClain said. If the owners decide to surrender the dog, it will be euthanized, she said. Otherwise, the investigation will continue and the dog will be deemed dangerous.
Sheriff's officials said two children were playing with in the dog in the backyard when it attacked the 2-year-old. Neighbors said the family has lived in the home for about two weeks.