2-year-old girl was seriously injured by a family member’s pit bull Sunday at a Springfield home and was airlifted to a Portland hospital in critical condition.
Springfield police officers responded to an incident call in the 1100 block of Olympia Street just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
Officers found both the child and her 28-year-old father with injuries. The father had attempted to rescue his daughter from the large, adult male pit bull and was bitten in the face, according to a Springfield Police Department report. A second dog at the scene growled at the child but did not bite her or her father, police said.
The child was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center several blocks away, and was then taken via Life Flight to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.
A news release from Springfield police said she was in critical condition.
Police had not released the names of the victims, and the father’s condition was unknown Monday evening. A woman who answered the door at the address listed on police records declined to comment.
A Springfield Police Department official who answered the phone Monday said no officers were available to discuss the case.
The department posted a notice of the incident on social media early Monday. In response to comments from members of the public on that post, a Springfield Animal Control official said the pit bull was a large, white adult male and the second dog was a male lab-collie mix.
The post said both the dogs are quarantined in Springfield Animal Control kennels, and an investigation is ongoing. A message left with Springfield Animal Control wasn’t immediately returned Monday afternoon.
Sunday’s attack was the second Springfield incident involving a pit bull in three weeks. On Aug. 12, a Springfield police officer responded to a report of an aggressive pit bull running loose through a neighborhood at South 41st and Camellia streets.
As that officer went toward the owners’ presumed home, the pit bull reportedly charged toward the officer, who fired one round from his gun, hitting the dog in the shoulder.
The dog survived, and about 30 people protested outside the Springfield Police Department later that week, saying police should have used nets or catchpoles to subdue the pit bull instead of a firearm.
Springfield police said at the time that the incident was under review.