LAKE LOS ANGELES – An 6-year-old boy had to be airlifted to the hospital Sunday after he was attacked by a dog in his front yard, authorities said.
Lancaster Station deputies responded to the boy’s home in the 20700 Block of East Avenue J around 2:55 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Daniels.
Responding deputies found that the victim had been severely mauled by a large dog, Daniels said.
“There was an initial report that it was a pit bull, but deputies on scene also thought it might have been a bullmastiff, so without having any experts to observe the dog, we can’t comment on the breed of the dog,” Daniels said.
“It was one dog involved in the mauling, and we traced it to a fenced-in yard that we suspect it escaped from,” Daniels continued.
That yard was on the same street as the boy’s home, and contained four dogs. All the dogs were taken into custody by animal control, Daniels said.
“We’re confident that the dog involved in the mauling is one of the four, but without having the victim to look at the dogs, we can’t say which one of the four it is,” Daniels said.
He said deputies walked the fence of the yard and found no avenue for the dog’s escape, therefore they do not know how the dog was able to leave or return to the yard. They’re looking to interview the dog’s owner, who was not at home during the attack, Daniels said, adding there was only a caretaker at the home.
“Without having contact with the owner of the dog, we’re not able to make the determination if charges are appropriate,” Daniels said. “We haven’t had a whole lot of opportunity to interview the young victim, so until we’re able to do those things, we won’t know much more.”
The boy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center with serious injuries, and his condition is unknown at this time. The incident remains under investigation.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect age for the victim. Read the latest update on this story here.