Police Investigate Dog Mauling Incident
June 27, 2012
A 6-year-old girl sustained serious facial injuries when she was mauled by a Pit Bull in an apartment at 180 Canyon Drive in Oceanside. The victim was alone in the apartment with her 6-year-old sister (9 months apart) when the incident occurred. The child was airlifted to Children’s Hospital where she is expected to recover from her injuries.
On June 26, 2012 at 6:23 p.m. Police were dispatched to the Canyon Club Apartments, 180 Canyon Drive, to investigate the report of a dog attack involving a child. Paramedics arrived with Officers and administered first aid to the 6-year-old victim. The child was subsequently transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment of bite wounds to the face and head. San Diego Humane Officers took custody of the dog.
The victim's father had taken her and her sister to a friend’s apartment to visit. The victim and her sister were reportedly left alone in an apartment with the Pit Bull and another dog (German Shepard) while the father and his friends left the apartment for a few minutes to help another friend remove groceries from the car. When they returned, the dog was mauling the victim. The dog was removed and the Paramedics were called. The Pit Bull's owner was not home when the incident occurred.
The Oceanside Police Department's Family Protection Unit is conducting an investigation. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the father could face criminal charges related to leaving the children alone in the apartment with the animals.
( News Release )