Girl Mauled By Dog Friday Morning

A 3-year-old girl is in the hospital after being attacked by a pit bull Friday morning.

By Bay City News Service

A 3-year-old girl has been hospitalized after being mauled by a pit bull in unincorporated Martinez this morning, an animal control lieutenant said.

Contra Costa Animal Control officials received a report of an attack in the 3100 block of Plum Street around 11:35 a.m., Lt. Cedric Cain said.

The child was taken to Children's Hospital in Oakland to receive treatment for injuries suffered in the attack.

Cain said he did not know the extent of the child's injuries.

Animal services officers have taken the dog into custody and its owner has relinquished ownership of the animal.

The dog will be quarantined and euthanized, as is standard procedure after a violent attack occurs, Cain said.

No further details were immediately available.

Chris Kapsalis April 15, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Good point greg.
Jennifer Garcia April 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I am very glad to see more Martinez folks with brains that see the whole picture than the closed minded ones that wrote the first two posts! I found my Pit Bull in the streets of Richmond on my way to work. He was lost, wet and very scared. I stopped to try to get him out of the street and he came home with me that day. I have never wanted a Pit Bull but I didn't want him to get hit. Turns out he is the most loving dog I have ever met. I take him to the local dog parks and I have to protect him from other breads because he is so submissive. Needless to say, I am very blessed to have found him and everyone that meets him wants to take him home! Lucky to live in Martinez.
ShirleyT7 April 18, 2012 at 02:49 PM
My heart goes out to the lil girl attacked, im just glad to hear shes ok. I am a pitbull owner and also have a 5yr. Old daughter. They both get along great but I would never leave them unatended together no matter what breed my dog is. I hate hearing about pitbull attacks because that automatically gives my family harrassessment from those too ignorant to know that its not the breed its the way the dog is raised. Saying to ban a breed would be like saying to ban a human race because that race is violent I doubt we would ever do that so why discrimnate on all the other innocent in the world. So much more to say but I could go all day. Thank u
DIANE BOYLE April 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Animals and humans with a history of unpredictable behaviors, should never be left unattended.
Staci D April 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
This is very sad and I do not wish to speculate on whether or not there was neglect. I do want to say that this can happen with any dog, even when adult supervision is present. I am not a fan of pit bulls and would like to see people who have children choose not to own them. That said, please know that even the cutest cuddliest pup is capable of doing this and that dogs are wild animals who can be unpredictable. Even constant adult supervision and training is not a guarantee that your child or you for that matter will not suffer an attack. Please know the risks before you get a pet.


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