Pit bull mauls child in North County neighborhood

OCEANSIDE (CNS) – A 6-year-old girl was recovering Wednesday from serious
injuries she suffered when a pit bull attacked her at a family friend's
Oceanside apartment.

The child and her younger sister were taken to the residence in the 100
block of Canyon Drive on Tuesday by their father, who left them alone inside
with the terrier and a German shepherd while he went outside with friends to
get groceries from a car, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the adults returned to find the pit bull
mauling the older girl, Mata said. They pulled the dog off of her and called
paramedics, who took the victim to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for
treatment of extensive bite wounds to her face and head.

Humane Society personnel took custody of the terrier, which was expected
to be euthanized.

Detectives with the Oceanside Police Department's Family Protection Unit
were investigating the attack.

“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,” the lieutenant said.

The owner of the pit bull was not home when the animal went after the
child, according to Mata.

The mauling was the second serious dog attack to occur in the San Diego
area within two weeks.

On June 14, a pit bull fatally injured an infant in a Lemon Grove
apartment, according to sheriff's officials.

The male dog that attacked 8-month-old Tyzhel McWilliams at his mother's
West Street residence was put down five days later. Detectives were reviewing
evidence in the case to determine whether to recommend any criminal charges
over the boy's death, sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

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