CAPE CORAL FL - AN 8-MONTH-OLD BOY HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING MAULED BY A FAMILY DOG THAT WAS RESCUED 5 YEARS AGO FROM AN ILLINOIS DOG FIGHTING RING
An 8-month old boy is being treated at Tampa General Hospital and is in fair condition after being bitten by a family dog.
It happened at a home on NW 45th Lane in Cape Coral Monday afternoon.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services took the dog and said it was their first encounter with the animal.
Five years ago, the animal was rescued from an Illinois dog-fighting ring.
These fighting rings have two or more dogs fighting against each other, sometimes to the death, at the entertainment of spectators who often gamble on the outcome.
Despite the background of the animal, the family has not had any previous problems with the dog.
According to a report, the grandmother of the child went outside to cut the grass. While cutting the grass, the grandmother said she could see the baby through a glass door. The boy was in a walker in the kitchen. SUDDENLY, THE DOG ATTACKED THE BABY, PINNING THE TODDLER AGAINST A CABINET.
The grandmother dashed into the home.
The grandmother separated the dog from the baby, but not before the animal injured the toddler. As a result, the baby has a large wound to the shoulder, along with several deep scratches to the face and near his eye.
More than 85 percent of dog bites that involve children less than 6-years-old were from animals known to families, according to the Florida Department of Health. More than half of these bites, such as the 8-month old toddler, occur at home.
The government agency warns adults to never leave an infant alone with any dog, including the family pet.