A 6-year-old girl was brutally mauled in Oceanside on Tuesday, June 26. This was the second Pit Bull attack on a child in a San Diego apartment in less than two weeks. Her younger sister, who was with the victim, told police the little girl “went to hug the dog, and it bit her,” according to UTSanDiego.com.
The children’s father said he lives at the Canyon Club Apartments in the 100 block of Canyon Drive and had taken his daughters to a neighbor’s apartment. The roommate in that unit owns the Pit Bull and a German Shepherd, but was not home at the time. There was no indication the German Shepherd was involved in the attack, according to reports.
Lieutenant Leonard Mata of the Oceanside Police Department said the father went outside with friends to help unload groceries from at car. At approximately 6:20 p.m. the father and his friends returned to find the Pit Bull attacking the little girl. They pulled the dog away from her but the child had already suffered severe injuries.
Paramedics arrived, administered first aid, and the victim was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for treatment of extensive bite wounds to her face, head and the back of her neck, according to Lt. Mata.
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The Pit Bull was a 1-1/2-year-old male. There was no information as to whether it was neutered, according to UTSanDiego.com.
The dog was impounded by the San Diego Humane Society's North County Shelter. Spokesperson Kelli Herwehe said there does not appear to be a record of previous attacks by this dog. The Humane Society is trying to contact the Pit Bull’s owner, so that the dog can be relinquished to the shelter. It is expected that the dog will be euthanized because of the severity of the injuries to the little girl, Herewehe said.
The Oceanside Police Department's Family Protection Unit is investigating to determine whether the father will face criminal charges for leaving the children alone in the apartment with the dogs, reports NBCSanDiego.com.
In an attack on June 14, at least one of three Pit Bulls in a Lemon Grove apartment fatally mauled little 8-month-old Tyzhel McWilliams around 5:00 p.m.. All three Pit Bulls in the rental unit were males and believed to belong to the mother and one of her roommates.
The dogs were taken to Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, and the dog involved in the killing of the baby was euthanized five days later, according to reports. Officials said they had received no prior reports of viciousness or aggressiveness.
Detectives are reviewing evidence in that case to determine whether to recommend any criminal charges over the death of the baby, Lt. Nesbit of San Diego Sheriff's Department said.
In June 2011, San Diego experienced three serious Pit Bull attacks in one week.