SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — We’re learning more today about a dog attack on a 2-year-old girl in Springfield Sunday, leaving her in critical condition.
Springfield Police say two dogs were seized from the home after the attack, a pit bull and a lab-collie mix. Both were put down Tuesday, a request from the owner.
Despite social media responses saying it wasn’t the pit bull who attacked the child, investigators say evidence and an eyewitness account proves otherwise.
SPD responded to a home on the 1,100 block of Olympic Street to calls of a dog attack.
“The father of a 2-year-old hears some screaming, goes to another part of the house and sees that one of the family dogs has his daughter by the head,” said Sgt. Rich Charboneau, Springfield Police Department.
Investigators say when they arrived at the home, the father and girl were already rushing to the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The girl was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland by Life Flight.
According to police, there were two dogs at the home, but it was a white, male pit bull that attacked the girl and then bit the father’s face when he fought to save the child. They say the lab-collie mix was acting aggressively, but did not actually harm the child or father.
“The dog that was the main aggressor was the pit bull,” Sgt. Charboneau said.
But a family member who contacted KEZI 9 News, along with many who responded on social media, says it wasn’t the pit bull that attacked the child, it was the other dog.
Police say based on evidence they found on the dog and an eyewitness account, they believe it was in fact the pit bull.
“For one thing, we have the eyewitness of the girl’s father who said he pried the dog off of the girl. The pit bull was covered, its face was covered in blood and so we have an eyewitness, we have the blood and so in our minds, it’s no question,” Sgt. Charboneau said.
The owner then turned the dogs over to authorities.
“After the little girl was bit, she wanted us to take the dogs and asked that they be euthanized,” Sgt. Charboneau said.
Police say the child is in stable condition after surgery in Portland. Her father received some stitches on his face due to the bite and is also doing well.