Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Michigan: Pit bull that attacked grandma, children was a stray taken in by neighbor

MICHIGAN -- The pit bull that attacked a grandmother and two young children was a stray that had been taken in by a neighbor, authorities said.

The neighbor was not at home at the time of the attack and his brother inadvertently let the animal get out of the garage, Captain Tom Jacobs of the Cass County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The dog went across the yard and into the yard of the children, where it attacked.

Jacobs said he did not know what prompted the dog's actions or who called 911 to report the attack.Grandmother tries to save kids, dog mauls all 3

A two-year-old suffered severe head trauma and another child and the children's grandmother were injured in the Sunday evening attack.

At 5:41 p.m. April 9 Cass County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 63000 block of Crooked Creek in Calvin Township to the report of a dog mauling multiple people.

They found Jennifer Hansford, 44, of Cassopolis, was trying to save two children, ages 2 and 7, who were being attacked by a dog, authorities said.

Deputies caught the dog, and Hansford and the older child were transported by EMS to Niles Lakeland Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

When the officers got the there the dog reacted very appropriately to them, Jacobs said. It was seized, taken to the county shelter, and is currently under quarantine, he said.

Jacobs said the entire matter is under investigation to determine whether there will be any charges or, if so, against whom.

Jacobs said it was unclear how long the dog had been in the care of the neighbor.

Jacobs said he did not have an updated report on the injuries or the condition of the hospitalized child.

(MLive - April 10, 2017)