Pit Bull Attacks 4-Year-Old California Boy, Dog Shot by Off-Duty LAPD Officer

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

A 4-year-old boy was viciously mauled inside a Fontana, California home on Monday, July 7, by a pit bull believed to belong to a family member, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. (Fontana is in San Bernardino County.)

The tragic incident happened around 3:30 p.m., according to a Fontana Police media release.

A 911 call sent officers to the 7600 block of Honeysuckle Street for reports of shots fired, and that a dog had been shot after attacking a child, according to CBS-TV.

The little boy’s mother ran outside screaming for help, and two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers who live in the area responded immediately.

LAPD officer Jennifer Aguilar shot and killed the dog as it was biting the child in the head and face, according to LAPD Lt. Steve Lurie.

The officer saved the child’s life, so (she’s) a hero,” said Guzman-Hurtado, “There’s no indication there was any wrongdoing, and we don’t know what set the dog off.

The little boy was rushed to Loma Linda Medical Center with major live-threatening injuries.  Both of the boy’s ears are severed, and he has numerous puncture wounds to his head and face, according to the Press Enterprise.

Martha Guzman-Hurtado, spokeswoman for the Fontana Police Department said there still a number of questions that are not answered.  For instance, investigators know that the Pit Bull belonged to someone living at the house but are not sure how long it had been there. 

Also, it is not known whether the mother and boy live in the home or were just visiting, Guzman-Hurtado said.  “The child is in the hospital and will be there for a while, said Martha Guzman-Hurtado, “We are hoping the child is going to be OK.”

Sources: CBS, PE, Daily Bulletin