LANCASTER – A 3-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was mauled by a German shepherd during a wedding reception in east Lancaster, authorities said.
The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the dog owner’s home on 47th Street East, where the toddler and his parents were attending a close family friend’s wedding reception, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
“Witnesses reported seeing the large German shepherd playing peacefully with the child all day prior to the incident. It is currently unknown what caused the dog to attack the child,” Ruiz stated.
The dog bit the child on the top of his head and on the back of his neck, according to Ruiz.
“The family was scooping the child up to go to the hospital, and we ended up intercepting them around 30th [Street] East and [Avenue] H,” Ruiz said.
The child lost a large amount of blood and had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for treatment, Ruiz said.
Los Angeles County Animal Control also responded to the residence and took custody of the animal. The dog is now in quarantine at the county animal shelter in Lancaster.
“The Department of Animal Care and Control places the highest priority on protecting people and animals from vicious dogs. Officers are currently conducting an investigation into this case and will take all necessary action to protect the public,” said DACC Director Marcia Mayeda. “We also urge all parents to always monitor their children’s’ interactions with pets, and never allow them to play unsupervised.”
The three-year-old boy is expected to make a full recovery, Ruiz said.