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:
- On Friday, a Detroit police officer was bit by a dog while responding to a burglary on 12300 Corbett, Moreno said. The family dog came out from the backyard and charged officers. One officer was bitten twice; his partner shot and killed the dog. He was taken to St. John and was listed in temporary serious condition, Moreno said.
- In May, a 5-year-old girl was attacked by several pit bulls while visiting a house on Detroit's east side. Her injuries were extensive.
- On April 30, a Roseville couple was viciously mauled by a pit bull owned by the woman's son. They are recovering, but police described the mauling as one of the worst they had ever seen.
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