Toddler mauled in pit bull attack

Grafton girl recovering from reconstructive surgery after being bitten in face by baby sitter’s dog
Ozaukee Press Staff

A 15-month-old toddler is back home and recovering from facial-reconstructive surgery after a dog mauled her last week.

According to an Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy responded to a call at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at an apartment on the 1900 block of North Port Washington Road in the Town of Grafton for a report of an American pit bull terrier that had attacked a child and bitten her face. 

When the deputy arrived at the scene, the pit bull was locked in the basement. An adult, who owns the dog and was baby-sitting the child, was holding the toddler whose “face and hair was covered in blood and sustained a severe wound to her left cheek,” the report stated.

The Grafton Fire Department also responded and transported the child with her mother to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, where the child underwent three hours of reconstructive surgery for her face and forehead. The girl was also treated for puncture wounds to her eyelid, arm and hands. She was given a tetanus shot because the dog’s rabies vaccination was not current, the report stated.

The child was released from the hospital the following day, the report stated.

The dog’s owner said he was feeding the child, who is friends with his daughters, when the pit bull became agitated and “lunged across the couch and clamped down with his jaws on the (child’s) face, ripping her from his arms.” 

The owner of the dog wrestled with the dog for about three minutes until it let go of the child. The report said the dog had previously bitten the back of the leg of one of the owner’s daughters a few weeks ago. He told the deputy he wanted the dog “destroyed.”

Employees of the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Ozaukee Campus and a deputy removed the dog from the basement the evening of the attack.

Officials said there are no charges pending against the owner, and the dog is scheduled for euthanasia with the owner’s consent.

The incident report stated the dog was involved in two other incidents reported to the Sheriff’s Office and Saukville Police Department.



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