A four-year-old boy is recovering after being mauled by a family’s pit bull, according to the Fontana Police Department.
The child suffered a severed left and right ear and numerous puncture wounds to the head and face. The boy was rushed to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The incident occurred on July 7 at about 3:30 p.m., when officers were dispatched to a “shots fired” call in the 7600 block of Honeysuckle Street in Fontana. While en route to the location, dispatchers received additional calls that a dog had been shot after it attacked a child.
When officers arrived, it was determined that the male pit bull that was left intact (not neutered) had mauled the boy in his house.
The mother screamed for help, and two off-duty officers with the Los Angeles Police Department who live in the area ran to the house to provide aid.
One of the officers had to shoot the dog as it was actively biting the child in the head and face. The dog died as a result of its injuries.
The Fontana P.D. and L.A.P.D. are investigating the incident.
“The entire community is supportive and praying for a speedy recovery,” said Fontana P.D. spokesperson Martha Guzman-Hurtado. “Our hearts go out to this child and his family during this traumatic time.”
The City of Fontana adopted an ordinance in 2011 requiring owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixed breed to spay or neuter their dogs before their dog reaches the age of four months. Research suggests dogs left intact may be more aggressive, police said.