Niagara Gazette

Crime

September 11, 2013

Pit bull mix attacks 5-year-old child in Lockport

A 5-year-old Lockport boy was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo after he was bitten by an 85-pound labrador/pit bull retriever mix at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday inside an apartment building in the 6500 block of Dysinger Road.

The boy’s grandmother told Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies that her grandson was walking down the hallway toward her second dog, a Boston terrier, when the pit bull, named Buttercup, became aggressive and charged the 5-year-old from the living room into the hallway, knocking the boy to the ground.

Once on the ground, Buttercup bit the boy a number of times on his scalp, behind his right ear and on the back of his head, causing four lacerations on his head. The grandmother’s boyfriend was able to pull the dog off the boy and secure it in a bedroom.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. The extent of the boy’s injuries are unknown.

Dog Control Officer Barry Kobrin arrived and helped to place a muzzle on the dog, which remains secured at the apartment. Two other children, one 6 months old and another 15 months old, were removed until their grandmother can make arrangements to remove the dog permanently, deputies said.

Kobrin has notified the Niagara County Department of Health to determine if any further action is needed, deputies said.

Deputies said they learned that Buttercup had bitten another young child in the face in July 2012.

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