An 8-month-old boy died in San Diego following a dog attack on June 14, according to MSNBC News. According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, it is possible that up to three dogs were involved in the attack. The young toddler was attacked around 5 pm on West Street, east of downtown San Diego.
Lt. Larry Nesbit told reporters from The San Diego Union Tribune that officers responded to the scene within four minutes of the attack, and the boy was rushed to Rady’s Children Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the mauling. Three put bulls were taken into custody by Animal Control officers, according to NBCSanDiego.com.
“They were aggressive,” Nesbit said. “They were restrained by animal control officers with the tools they have.”
It is not clear whether the boy’s family owned the dogs or where the attack occurred, although neighbors did tell reporters that the dogs are aggressive in nature. The medical examiner has not yet disclosed the victim’s identity.
“I can’t imagine losing a child and to know that a family pet did it,” said neighbor Regina Marlow. “That’s horrific. I can’t imagine what the family would be going through.”
It is difficult to speculate without knowing more details about this horrific attack, but parents always need to be cautious when their children are near dogs, even if they are familiar ones. If you or a loved one is attacked by a dog, contact an attorney immediately.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.