A recent pit bull attack at a Glendale home sent two children to a local hospital.
The Pit Bull Attack
The pit bull attack happened at a home near Olive ad 67th avenues. The pit bull, which is the family’s dog bit the 8-year-old that lives in the home, as well as a 13-year-old neighbor.
A nearby neighbor, Xavier Shroyer, was playing in the area when he heard screams coming from the house. “I was talking to my friends and then I heard the scream and then I rushed over to my other friends house and called,” said Shroyer. A teenage family member that was already in the house was able to separate the victims from the pit bull.
Pit Bull Attack Victims
The investigation is still on-going. Police say the dog bit both of the kids numerous times, but they are still unsure what happened: if either the dog was provoked, or just snapped. The 8-year-old boy suffered significant injuries to both his arms and his legs. He had to be transported via helicopter to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The 13-year-old was taken to a local hospital via an ambulance.
Though the injuries are serious they are not life-threatening.
Grateful for Family Member
The Glendale Fire Department said if it weren’t for the family member that pulled the pit bull of the victims, the kids could have suffered an even worse fate.
“If that family member had not been nearby or close enough to separate the child from the dog ya definitely could have had some additional injuries,” said Glendale Fire Spokesman Ron Hart.
The pit bull was taken by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. It was euthanized per the family’s request.
This was not the fit time the pit bull has attacked. Records from the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control show the dog was involved in two other biting incidents in 2013. Both of those incidents occurred within the home. Each time the dog was sentenced to home-quarantine. there were two other biting incidents involving the dog in 2013. Both incidents occurred within the home and each time the dog was home-quarantined.
A nearby neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says her son and her son’s dog were attacked by the same dog last year. Ever since then she’s been cautious of the pit bull.
“Every time I walk my dog, I’m always overly cautious, looking over my back to make sure the doors closed, so ya kinda scary,” the woman said.