LANCASTER – A dog was shot and killed by deputies Monday after the dog attacked a 6-year-old boy in Lancaster, authorities said.
The call came in around 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, from a home on the 43000 block of 11th Street East, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred.
“A woman called 911 and said a dog was attacking her child…” Alfred said, adding that deputies responded within minutes. “When deputies arrived they could hear screaming coming from the backyard of the house.”
Alfred said deputies ran toward the screaming and saw that the dog — a pit bull-mastiff mix — had the child by the upper arm.
“The dog was shaking him around like a rag doll,” Alfred said, adding that a man was trying to remove the child from the dog’s grasp.
Deputies ordered the man out of the way, the lieutenant said.
“Deputies saw that the kid was being actively mauled by a vicious dog and they had to make a split-second decision on how to handle it…” Alfred said. “They had to make the decision to shoot the dog to stop the attack that was occurring right in front of them.”
Once shot, the dog ran to the back of the yard and collapsed. Deputies administered first-aid to the child until emergency personnel arrived, according to Alfred.
The child was airlifted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, sheriff’s officials said.
An animal control officer arrived at about 5 p.m. to retrieve the dead animal from the property, according to witnesses at the scene.
The dog was a recent addition to the family, according to the lieutenant.
“They had acquired it that day and brought it home to be a family dog… When the child went to interact with dog, the dog attacked the child,” Alfred said.
No deputies were injured in the incident.