Rochester child seriously injured in pit bull attack over the weekend
A 4-year-old child was hospitalized with "serious leg injuries" following an attack by a pit bull Saturday morning in northeast Rochester
The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of Wilshire Drive NE.
According to a police report: the child was visiting a neighbor's home when an American Staffordshire Terrier (breed of pit bull) approached him and began licking his face. A woman noticed the contact and tried to pick the child up. The dog then grabbed hold of the child for a period of at least three minutes.
The boy was "bleeding heavily" when first responders arrived, notes the report. He was transported by Gold Cross to a nearby hospital. His current condition is unknown.
An investigation by Rochester Animal Control is under way. The dog, which has been quarantined, is likely to be deemed potentially dangerous.
A recent study found that pit bulls make up only 6 percent of the dog population, but are responsible for 68 percent of dog attacks and 52 percent of dog-related deaths since 1982.
(Cover graphic: The Med City Beat)