LOS ANGELES CA - A FAMILY PIT BULL KEPT IN A BACKYARD "SOMEHOW" GOT TO AN INFANT BOY IN THE HOUSE CAUSING CRITICAL INJURIES
WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES --
A 2-month-old baby boy was seriously injured after being attacked by a pit bull in Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles police said the incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. The baby, his 2-year-old sibling and mother were all inside the home at the time.
The mother and the 2-year-old were in a bedroom sleeping, and the baby was in a car seat somewhere inside the house, police said. The PIT BULL was secured in the backyard behind the gate. At some point, someone came to the front door, and the dog became agitated. THE DOG SOMEHOW ENTERED THE HOUSE THROUGH A REAR ENTRANCE, authorities said.
That's when the baby started crying, and the dog attacked the baby, police said. The baby's mother tried to come in between the dog and the baby, and she also received bites.
The baby was transported to an area hospital with bites to the face and arm. Police said the baby was in critical condition, but his injuries were described as not life-threatening.
The Department of Children and Family Services as well as animal control officials were notified of the incident.
Los Angeles police officials were notified Monday of a PIT BULL attack that left a 2-month-old baby seriously injured at a home in Woodland Hills.
Sgt. Zoltan Mako, watch commander of LAPD’s Topanga Division, said officers were notified by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services at about 5 p.m. of the attack that occurred earlier that day.
The baby boy had been taken to Northridge Medical Center and was in critical condition. However, Mako said he was expected to survive.
The pit bull was initially penned in at the home in the 22600 block of Clarendon Street, Mako said. However, when a delivery person came to the door and a parent answered, the dog managed to get loose and maul the child, he said.
The boy sustained facial injuries and broken bones, Mako said.
Los Angeles Animal Services visited the home Monday night, he said.
This dog was under quarantine at West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth on Tuesday, according to Ashley Rodriguez, a spokeswoman with Los Angeles Animal Services. After the quarantine period is over, which is determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Animal Services will reach out to the dog owner to determine the outcome for the animal.
Topanga Division detectives investigated the incident, Mako said.