Pit bull killed after mauling 6-year-old

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt is not known why the dog attacked, but it mauled the boy’s face, leaving a severe laceration on his left eye and lacerations on his upper torso, Falone said. Neighbors called 9-1-1 while the boy’s grandmother tried to ward off the dog with a water hose, he said. Irwindale Officer Raymond Gonzalez responded to the call. He kicked down a small wooden fence to get into the back yard, Falone said. Apparently, Gonzalez used a rope to choke the dog until other officers arrived. The rope strained tighter against the dog’s neck as it tried to break away from the officer, Falone said. The dog was suffocated, and animal control officials later came to collect its body. Gonzalez, who formerly handled police canines for the city, suffered a laceration to his hand, Falone said. Falone said the attack is being investigated by police, County Animal Care and Control and the Department of Children and Family Services. IRWINDALE – A 6-year-old boy suffered lacerations to his face and torso when a pit bull attacked him Wednesday in the back yard of a home, police said. Police officers killed the dog in an effort to free the boy from the attack, said Irwindale Sgt. John Falone. The boy, whose name was not released, was airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and is expected to recover, said a relative who identified herself as the boy’s aunt. The boy’s father, reached at Childrens Hospital, would not comment. Falone said the boy was attacked while playing with his sister in the back yard of a home in the 5000 block of Allen Drive about 4:30 p.m. The boy’s aunt said she owns the dog. “We’ve kept pit bulls here for 20 years and never had a problem,” she said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more