A 3-year-old girl suffered injuries when a bulldog attacked her Friday morning in a Pinole home, according to Contra Costa County Animal Services.
The county animal agency received a call around 10:45 a.m. regarding a dog attack at a residence in the 800 block of Jones Avenue, spokesman Steve Burdo said.
It was determined that the dog was left alone in a room with the child. Burdo said why the attack occurred is still being investigated.
Neighbor Lydia Trevino was concerned when firefighters responded and was shocked to hear what happened.
"I've seen them running around with the kids, playing," Trevino said. "What triggered him to bite her I don't know."
The girl suffered two inch-long lacerations to her face and was taken to Children's Hospital Oakland, Burdo said.
"Just like a kid, you never want to leave your kid unsupervised," Burdo said. "You never want to leave your dog unsupervised either."
The dog, a 40- or 50-pound American Bulldog, was impounded at Animal Services' Martinez facility, Burdo said.
"One of the solutions would be to place the animal with an organization that focuses on animals with behavioral problems," Burdo said. "However, if we find out that this animal has a bite history, it could be a possible candidate for euthanasia."
Burdo said the dog was calm and not aggressive as it was being taken out of the home. The bulldog's owner lives in the Sacramento area and had left the dog with his brother in Pinole, according to Burdo.
The incident is under investigation.