Girl, 10, mauled by pit bull in Detroit; loses foot

DETROIT, MICH. - A 10-year-old girl is fighting for her life after getting mauled by a pit bull while playing in a backyard on Detroit's east side today.

According to Jennifer Moreno, public information officer for Detroit Police, the girl is in "extremely critical condition" at St. John Hospital and Medical Center and has lost a foot.

The attack happened at 1:15 p.m. in the backyard of a home on the 10700 block of Beaconsfield. Moreno said the girl was playing in the backyard of the house when a pit bull exited the home and "viciously attacked the child." The girl's 55-year-old aunt tried to stop the attack, but the animal then attacked the woman, wounding her leg.

The aunt is also being treated. Her condition is unknown.

"There is a possibility of charges, but the investigation is still very fresh and fluid," Moreno said. "There have been quite a few attacks lately. Chief (James Craig) stated that it is an issue that needs to be addressed."

According to Moreno, the pit bull at issue had been involved in a previous attack.

The dog was taken into custody and is with the Michigan Humane Society, she said.

This is the second dog mauling in Detroit in 24 hours — and the fifth in metro Detroit over the past month. The attacks include:


Detroit Free Press


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