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Pit bull attack hospitalizes Florida toddler

On behalf of Terence Gross of Gross & Schuster, P.A. posted in Dog Bites on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

Sometimes dogs should not be near children. The animals can feel threatened by youngsters who may come at them, and the result can be a severe dog bite.

Police say a pit bull attacked a 2-year-old boy recently while at the home of a relative in Port Orange, Florida, causing severe lacerations to the toddler’s scalp and face.

According to a witness, the dog definitely attacked the boy. He said family members attempted to pull the dog off of the child, but the pit bull would not let go even while it sustained kicks from its owners.

The father of the boy apparently yelled for help as he carried the child in his arms. The boy was covered in blood and it had looked like he had been scalped, the witness added. Large lacerations were also seen on his face. The witness said he had suffered nightmares witnessing such a traumatic incident.

According to WESH’s website, the toddler was taken to a Volusia County hospital before being transported to Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. At that time he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

The dog is currently quarantined while police investigations take place. Evidence of the incident could still be seen on the sidewalk a day after the attack, WESH reports.

The pit bull’s owners confirmed they have an infant living with them, which the dog has never attacked, but did not comment further.

Source: WESH, “Toddler hospitalized after dog attack,” Nov. 9, 2011

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