SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield girl is recovering Monday night after being attacked by a family dog on Sunday evening, and it’s sparking another debate over pit bulls.
Investigators say the attack happened in the 1100 block of Olympic Street on Sunday evening.
Springfield police say the 2 year old girl is in stable condition on Monday at Legacy Emmanuel in Portland. She was taken by Life Flight on Sunday for surgery. The girl was taken to the hospital sunday evening by her father after she was attacked by a dog in the home.
Springfield police say the pit bull left the child with head injuries, leaving her in critical condition. Police say the father took the injured girl to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital, where she was later flown to Legacy Emmanuel Portland.
Investigators say after the father pried the pit bull off of the child. It then bit him in the face, causing him to need stitches.
A relative at the home confirmed the two dogs were seized from the home—a pit bull and a lab-collie mix—and it was the pit bull that attacked the child.
Police also confirmed it was the pit bull based on evidence at the home and on the dog. They say the family told them the other dog was acting aggressively as the father fought to get the pit bull off the child. Therefore, they asked law enforcement to seize both dogs.
Springfield police say the grandmother, who also lives in the home, is the owner of the dogs. The 2 year old child has had surgery and is in stable condition.
A family member, along with Springfield police, confirmed that both dogs will be put down upon the owner’s request.