On Tuesday evening, May 29, a three-year-old east Bakersfield boy was attacked by the family’s 125-pound Pit Bull and is in critical condition at Children’s Hospital in Madera, according to the Republic.com.
Little Efren Molina was alone with the dog when the attack occurred. Kern County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident because of the severity of the boy's injuries.
Several neighbors told KGET.com that the attack was so vicious they heard the screams from across the street.
The baby’s parents were also bitten by the dog as they attempted to free the child from its jaws. Both suffered serious, but not life-threatening, hand injuries, according to the Associated Press report. They were taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment.
The grey-and-white Pit Bull was unneutered and estimated to be between three to five years old by Kern County Animal Control. It was impounded and will be held for a ten-day quarantine period to determine whether it has rabies.
Kern County Animal Control spokeswoman Kim Rodriguez issued the following statement: "The message we're trying to get out is about responsible pet ownership, and it's not just about food and water and medical needs," Rodriguez said. "It's imperative to maintain control of your animals, not just for your family but for the community as a whole."