FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth toddler has been hospitalized after being mauled by a set of dogs Monday afternoon near Lake Worth.
The child was attacked by four dogs around 3:45 in the 7800 block of Eastland Avenue.
The breed of the dogs are unknown. Animal control officers have quarantined the animals.
Witnesses say the boy was bitten around his face and ears.
The Eagle Mountain Fire Department transported the child by ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center.
The condition of the 19-month-old boy is unknown. The child slipped though a doggie-door while his parents were inside the house sleeping.
Terry Grisham with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office says they’re still trying to figure out how the boy got to the dogs. “No one can say what created or caused situation where the dogs would harm the young boy.”
Neighbor Elaine Kucker called 911 when she heard the boy’s mother screaming for help from the backyard.
As police and news crews were on scene, another neighbor confronted the child’s grandmother about the dogs. The grandmother then grabbed the neighbor by the throat and had to be handcuffed by police.
Police say she will likely face assault charges.
Fort Worth Animal Control is investigating the case. The dogs have been quarantined. Neighbors say it was not unusual for the dogs to get out of their backyard, or for the boy to wander to nearby homes.
Charges against the parents or grandparents are pending the outcome of the Sheriff’s Office investigation.
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