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January 25, 2011 > Child attacked by bull dogs

Child attacked by bull dogs

Submitted By Lt. Ben Horner, Union City PD

A Union City's father's quick action saved his young son from further injury after a frightening attack by three pit bulls. On Wednesday, January 19 at about 4:20 p.m. Union City Police officers responded to a residence on Shirley Court to investigate the report of a 4-year-old boy bitten by several dogs.

The victim, a four-year-old-boy, was playing with a ball in his back yard when he hit the ball over a neighbor's fence. In an effort to retrieve the ball, the boy climbed onto a small shed, then slipped over the fence. The boy was attacked by three pit bull dogs enclosed in the neighbor's back yard.

Hearing his son screaming, the boy's father jumped over the fence and managed to fight off the pit bulls with his hands and a piece of wood. The father was able to grab his son and climb back over the fence to safety. The four-year-old victim and his father were treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries including bites, bruises, and lacerations.

All three dogs were taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter and held for routine 10 day quarantine while investigators determine if the dogs were in compliance with anti-rabies inoculation requirements.

The dog's owner was cooperative during the police investigation and told officers that none of the dogs had ever been involved in a biting incident in the past.

Anyone with any information in regard to this incident to please call the Union City Police at (510) 471-1365.

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