FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Police arrested someone at the center of Monday’s brutal dog attack on a toddler in Lake Worth.
It all began with a frantic 911 call by a woman saying, “I have an emergency. I’ve got a baby that’s been mauled by dogs!”
Four dogs had attacked an 19-month old child who had managed to crawl out of a doggie door in the family home.
The child was rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center with serious injuries. Witnesses said the boy was bitten around his face and ears.
CBS 11 News spoke with the child’s grandfather Tuesday afternoon and the man confirmed the child had undergone surgery to have an ear reattached.
Meanwhile, the injured child’s grandmother, Lena Grace Brown, was arrested — but not on charges related to the dog attack.
Police and news crews were still on the scene Monday when a neighbor confronted Brown about the dogs she deemed dangerous. Brown grabbed the neighbor by the throat but was wrestled to the ground by sheriff’s deputies, handcuffed and promptly taken into custody.
Brown posted $2,500 bond Tuesday afternoon and was released from the Tarrant County Jail.
CBS 11 News also learned Tuesday that there had been eight ‘dog-related’ police calls made on animals at the address in the last year. Officials say compliance is sometimes difficult, especially when the animals are outside of city limits.
“But when you have a compressed residential area that’s in unincorporated Tarrant County, in this case, the lack of state law to protect is very harmful in some cases because you don’t have the protection of the city,” said Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Terry Grisham.
Officials with Tarrant County Code Compliance are now trying to determine who owns two of the quarantined dogs. The grandfather of the child owns two of the animals and has told officials he does not want them back out of fear for his family.
Ultimately, Fort Worth Animal Control says all of the dogs will be humanely euthanized and tested for rabies.
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