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2nd Pit Bull Attack In San Bernardino, Calif. In 2 Days; Toddlers Mauled While Parents Visit Friends

| by Denise A Justin
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Two toddlers, visiting with their parents at a friend’s San Bernardino home, were attacked by the homeowner’s Pit Bull on Monday. That was just two days after Margarita Negrete, 74, was left in critical condition from an attack by the family Pit Bull in Colton (also in San Bernardino) on Saturday evening.

According to San Bernardino police, the two young children and their parents are from the Rialto area and were visiting at a home.in the 800 block of North Granger Avenue, KABC News reports.

The victims, ages one and two were playing in the backyard of a residence when the owner’s Pit Bull savagely attacked the two-year-old in the face. While the parents were rescuing their two-year-old, the Pit Bull turned its attention to the other child and started biting the one-year-old.

A witness, Timothy Deremiah, told KABC reporters, "The pit bull bit his face and then they were trying to get him off of him and then the little baby got bit too cause it went to the little baby and then back to the boy."

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The children have played with the 8-year-old Pit Bull in the past, San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams stated in a later interview by KABC..

Luckily, there is a fire station directly across the street from the home where the attack occurred, and the parents immediately picked up the babies and ran to the station, where they received immediate medical assistance.

Emergency medical personnel bandaged the wounds and transported the children to a local hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to the reports. Both youngsters needed stitches on their faces and cheeks and were then released to recover at home.

The dog has been quarantined by San Bernardino City Animal Control for ten (1) days, which is customary when there is no proof of a valid rabies vaccination. But authorities said no crime was committed because there is no evidence of any intended injury to the children.

Lieutanant Williams said the Pit Bull’s behavior will be monitored while it is at the shelter and, if it shows no signs of aggression, and they provide proof of vaccinations and licensing at that time, as long as they provide proof of vaccinations and licensing at that time, it will be allowed to go home with its owners.

However, 74-year-old Margarita Negrete is still in critical, but stable, condition from the Pit Bull attack which occurred at her home on Saturday, while she tried to stop the family Pit Bull from attacking a smaller dog.

Read: Family Pit Bull Shot While Attacking 74-Year-Old Margarita Negrete in San Bernardino County, Calif.

Source: KABC