LAKE LOS ANGELES – A 13-year-old boy suffered a “significant injury” to his arm and was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday after he was attacked by a family pit bull in Lake Los Angeles, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at a home in the 40000 block of 166th Street East, said Lt. Joseph Fender of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.
The boy was at the home of his aunt and uncle. He was in the backyard with his uncle, a cousin and the dog when the attack occurred.
“[They were] preparing to feed the pit bull when it suddenly attacked the victim by biting him on the right arm,” Deputy Kit Gruppie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said in a news release. “The child’s uncle was able to free him from the dog’s grasp, and he was flown by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
The extent of the child’s injuries is unknown at this time, according to Gruppie.
Lt. Fender said the child suffered a “significant injury” to his right arm.
Officers from Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control responded to the home and took custody of the dog at the owner’s request, according to Gruppie.
“No citations were issued, and no arrests have been made at this time,” Gruppie said.