GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Kimberly Williams told FOX8 that when a dog bit a child at the Guilford County Animal Shelter on Wednesday afternoon it happened in a matter of seconds.
Shelter officials told FOX8 that the dog remains quarantined since the attack.
"The mom was probably just within one or two feet of me literally when she was running past me with the child," Williams said.
She said the sight was unimaginable.
"It was a big wound. The only part of that poor child's ear was his earlobe left on him," Williams said.
Williams' first instinct was to find her own kids and make sure they were safe. Then she went for help.
"I just wanted to make sure that I could get a volunteer to run faster than she could to get to the front to call 911 faster," Williams said.
Williams said she's seen shelter dogs bite before with her own child.
"We rescued a dog from the Alamance County Shelter and the dog had nipped him in the face also," Williams said.
She said her heart goes out to the family of the 2-year-old.
"To actually see that in person...that bad. It is pretty traumatic knowing we just went through that last week and then that happen to this family this week," Williams said.
She added this advice for other families wanting to adopt shelter pets:
"Just to have an understanding of the background before you take the dog out of the cage. Check the papers out. See if they're good with dogs, cats and families...whatever you're looking for make sure they're the right fit," Williams said.
Employees and volunteers at the shelter hold weekly animal welfare meetings where they talk about animal behavior.
The husky-shepherd mix that bit the child is up to date on all its shots.
(Internet picture of a husky/shepherd mix)
A 2-year-old child was attacked by a dog at the Guilford County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on Wednesday. According to a news release from the shelter, the child was with his family for evaluation of a HUSKY MIX for a possible adoption when the dog bit the infant.
Authorities told local media that the extent of the child's injury remains unknown. As per the Guilford County animal bite protocols, the dog was moved into isolation for a review. Shelter staff confirmed the dog had all of its vaccinations.
The shelter's management said an investigation was underway into the incident to verify if all handling procedures were followed.
"We are committed to making every adoption of every animal a positive, permanent experience for both the animals and the pet owner. We also conduct community awareness programs such as education on pet care and responsibility, as well as pet therapy at senior residence homes," the shelter wrote about its duties on its website.
In a similar incident earlier this month, a dog mauled a child and the mother at a pet adoption service in Jacksonville, Florida. The two victims were at the Animal Care and Protective Services building in the Mixon Town neighborhood when the attack took place. Local media reported at the time that the child's injuries appeared to be serious but not life-threatening. The 7-year-old was viciously bitten on the thigh. The extent of the injuries of the mother was not revealed. The breed of the dog was also not known. Authorities released a statement saying the dog was quarantined.