A three-year-old toddler is still recovering at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, after suffering multiple puncture wound on his head, ears, torso and legs from a Pit Bull attack on Monday. One of the dogs was reported as either pregnant or just having delivered a litter, according to the Huffington Post.
Four young children, all under the age of 9, were left alone with the two Pit Bulls while they were reportedly visiting their aunt in a Chicago South Shore neighborhood. The house is located in the 7300 block of Kingston Avenue. The children live in Memphis, according to a neighbor, CBS News reports.
The Pit Bulls belonged to a relative of the child, according to the Post, but it is unclear if it was the same relative who resides at the home.
“Basically all we were informed of is she has two pit bulls and they were tearing up the 3-year-old pretty good,” a fire department captain told CBS. “We don’t know why.”
The three-year-old boy, was reportedly playing with his sister around 2:30 p.m. when suddenly the two dogs viciously attacked him. The boy’s older sister ran outside, screaming for help CBS News reports.
Reports say that the little girl was knocking desperately on the door of neighbor Willie Riley. Riley said he heard her screaming, "My little brother is getting attacked. … The dogs are biting my brother.”
Willie is now considered the neighborhood hero because he disregarded his own safety and immediately reacted. He jumped the fence and ran into the house and used a plank of wood he picked up in the yard to jab and hit the dogs and get them to stop the attack on the child.
“One dog was on one end pulling his ear, and the other was pulling his legs … trying to pull him apart,” Riley said. He then took the boy across the street to a fire station for emergency treatment. Chicago Fire Department Captain, Bob Martin, believes the boy may have died without the help of Riley.
“I would want somebody to do it for my kids, if they see my kids get hurt,” Willie Riley said.
Neighbor Anthony Taylor, said one of the dogs is pregnant, but both are “pretty aggressive.”
On Tuesday morning, the dogs were still at the house where the boy was attacked.
“If they taste blood, you can never get them to be the same again, so I just thought that they would have removed the dogs already,” neighbor Anthony Taylor told CBS News.
Animal control officers reportedly went to the house to try to impound the dogs, but the gate was locked. They left a notice at the home’s front door, ordering the surrender of the two dogs, and sat in a van waiting for the owners to return home, according to CBS News.
When the owner returned, she put the dogs in her own vehicle under the supervision of animal control officers. Both vehicles then drove off to the animal shelter, where the dogs remain in custody.
Neighbors said the Pit Bulls should be put down after attacking the boy.