Two separate dog attacks in Grand Rapids leave 2-year-old children injured

Grand Rapids police remind dog owners to make sure their pets are properly secured.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Two young children were attacked by two different dogs on Sunday, according to Grand Rapids Police. 

The first attacked happened a little after 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Police say the German Shepard left its gated yard on Brown Street SE, approached the 2-year-old toddler and bit her while she was being carried in her mother's arms.

The dog left a small puncture under the child's arm pit and a 3-inch scrape on her chest. Her injuries were reported as minor and she was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

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The second attack happened around 3:30 p.m. on Oakdale Street SE. Police say a pitbull bit a 2-year-old toddler while they were in a stroller. 

According to reports, the pitbull escaped from a corkscrew style yard anchor and underneath a chain link fence and bit the toddler in the face. The child's father restrained the dog until the owner responded.

Medical responders on scene checked the toddler over, but the parents took the child to the hospital themselves. The child is expected to be OK.

Both cases have been turned over to the Kent County Animal Control. The German Shepard was placed under home quarantine and according to police; the pitbull was taken from its home and placed under quarantine at the shelter. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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