Child, 3, Mauled by Pit Bull at Home on Mayberry Avenue
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (April 14, 2022) — A pit bull dog attacked a 3-year-old child earlier this month at a home on Mayberry Avenue in East Hemet.
The 2-year-old male dog mauled the little girl on Saturday, April 2nd at the home in the 41000 block of Mayberry Avenue, near Columbia Street, according to the Press Enterprise.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services seized the canine and took it to Western Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. The dog was euthanized ten days later on Tuesday, April 12th.
The child was visiting the home, believed to operate as a daycare, with her mother. The dog allegedly dragged her from the house into the back yard, her mother told the Department of Animal Services. The dog’s owner told authorities a different story. They said the child wandered into the backyard where the dog was tethered, contradicting the child’s mother’s recollection of the incident.
The facts are under investigation and authorities are piecing together what happened. Somehow, the dog attacked the girl’s face, arms and abdomen before the adults came to her rescue. The violent attack left the child so severely injured that she required 200 stitches to close the bite wounds. She spent several days being treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The child is still recovering from the attack.
There is no criminal investigation at this time.
Dog Bite Attacks in California
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Every day one thousand people are treated at hospitals in the United States for dog bite injuries or attacks. Our state ranks second in the country for the number of injuries and deaths due to vicious dog attacks. Overall, nationwide there are roughly 4.5 million dog attacks annually.
Also, in 2020, U.S. homeowners insurance policies paid victims of dog attacks some $854 million in liability claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
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