Child attacked by pit bull improving at hospital

Published: Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 6:02 PM
Updated: Friday, January 08, 2016 @ 11:14 AM

UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 8)

This child, Trenton Ball, is listed in good condition at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

UPDATE @ 10:14 p.m. (Jan. 7)

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No citation is being issued at this time stemming from the dog bite at the house on Pierce Street, Dayton Sgt. Jacquelyn Imwalle said, noting the child’s father does not wish to pursue charges at this time.

The sergeant said the dog, believed to be an adult male, will remain quarantined. Whether he will be euthanized will be up to the owner and the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

The 3-year-old boy was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“As far as we know, the child walked in and the dog attacked him,” Imwalle said. “He has serious facial injuries.”

The owner could be cited for failure to control an animal, the sergeant said. If someone is on your property legally, you the dog owner still are responsible for retaining control of your dog, she said.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m. (Jan. 7)

The pit bull that bit a 3-year-old boy in the face has been removed from a residence on Pierce Street by an investigator with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m. (Jan. 7)

A 3-year-old boy was walking through the house on Pierce Street, swinging a piece of trash bag, when a pit bull attacked him, biting him in the face, the child’s grandfather, Michael Carrico, tell us.

“The dog just grabbed him by the face and shook him like it wanted to kill him,” the man said. “It was all I could do to get this dog off my grandson.”

Carrico said the dog ripped apart the child’s face.

“His top lip has been ripped off,” the grandfather said. “Now we have to go and help my grandson heal.”

Carrico said the dog belongs to the people who live at the address, people Carrico describes as longtime friends. He said his family has been around the dog before and the animal has never been aggressive before tonight.

We’re hearing Dayton police were leaving the hospital and were on their way to the address where the incident occurred.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Jan. 7)

A grandfather tells us his grandson was bitten in the face by a pit bull.

Dayton police are on scene as well.

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, the child has been taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. His condition is not known.

We’re hearing the child is believed to be 3 years old.

FIRST REPORT

A Dayton medic unit is on the way to the 300 block of Pierce Street on a report of a child bitten by a dog.

Police have been dispatched as well.

We’re on the way as well and we will update this report as we get information.

The call was dispatched just before 6 p.m.