A pitbull-mastiff family dog bit the head of a 1-year-old child in Linden Thursday night, police said.
Linden Police responded Thursday night to a report of a dog attack on a 1-year-old child on the 1300 block of East St. Georges Avenue.
Police said at about 10:30 p.m., they received a 911 call from the family alerting them to the attack on the 1300 block of East St. Georges Avenue.
Police said when they arrived a family member had stabbed the dog to get it to release the child, and the child had already been taken by a parent to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth.
Police said the dog was large, “bigger than a German shepherd,” and “clamped down” when the child was picking up some food from the floor.
The family said they had never had an issue with the dog previously, according to police.
Police said the child was later transferred to University Hospital in Newark and is being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.
The dog was taken to the city pound by animal control and is under observation, according to police.