Toddler Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack

The 3-year-old girl was treated for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations at Children's Hospital in Oakland.

By Laura Dixon
|  Friday, Apr 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:46 PM PDT
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The dog (not the one pictured here) will be quarantined and killed after the violent attack in unincorporated Martinez.

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A 3-year-old girl who was seriously injured in unincorporated Martinez Friday when a pit bull attacked her is expected to survive, an animal services lieutenant said.

The toddler was visiting her grandmother's home around 11:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of Plum Street when a pit bull belonging to the family  mauled the girl, said Lt. Cedric Williams-Cain of Contra Costa Animal Services.

She was treated for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Williams-Cain said.

The 7-year-old, approximately 50-pound male pit bull with no documented history of aggressive behavior, was taken into animal control officers' custody.

The animal will be quarantined for 10 days and then killed, following standard procedure after a violent attack occurs, Williams-Cain said.

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