A toddler was sent to the hospital on Saturday after being mauled by a family dog.
The dog was identified as a Cane Corso and did not have a history of violence prior to the attack.
The 3-year-old girl was visiting her grandmother's Philadelphia home when the mauling occurred.
Police believe that the attack — which was unprompted — happened because the dog was jealous.
"We're making the assertion that the dog got jealous that the grandmother was holding the child and the dog attacked the child, mauling it in the head area," Philadelphia Police Captain Anthony Ginaldi said, NBC Philadelphia reports.
After the attack, the girl was rushed to the Philadelphia Children's Hospital where she was brought into surgery.
The grandmother's hands were also bitten during the attack but she did not require medical assistance.
The girl is in critical condition, according to NBC Philadelphia.
The girl’s uncle owned the offending dog. He does not currently live with the grandmother.
"He hasn't been there for awhile and the grandmother has been taking care of the dog," said the police captain.
Charges will most likely not be filed against the uncle.
"I don't think there's any criminality here at all based on what I understand," the captain continued. "It's just a tragic incident where the grandmother was playing with her granddaughter and the dog attacked her out of jealousy."
For now, the dog is under the care of animal control.
"I know that they'll do an evaluation on the dog," Ginaldi added. "They'll test it. The fate of the dog is gonna be in their hands."
According to DogBite.org, about 1,000 American citizens require emergency medical assistance each day due to dog bites.
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