MARICOPA, Ariz. –
A little boy is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being attacked by a pair of dogs.
Saturday afternoon, firefighters and police responded to reports of a pit bull attack at a Maricopa home.
Police say a babysitter was taking care of the victim and his older brother at the time of the incident. The dogs were locked in a bedroom.
When the babysitter opened the door to get something, the pit bulls rushed out and went for the toddler, who was sitting on the living room floor with his older brother.
The babysitter was able to stop the attack and the boy was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.
The dogs were turned over to Pinal County Animal Control for quarantine.
The latest on the boy’s condition is unknown.
Maricopa Police are advising the public to increase awareness with kids and all breeds of dogs.
A Maricopa toddler was attacked by two canines Saturday about 12:40 p.m., according to the Maricopa Police Department.
The toddler sustained life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to a Valley hospital.
Police are not releasing any names.
The toddler and his older brother were reportedly at a residence being cared for by a family friend.
The dogs — their breed was not given — were locked in a bedroom but escaped when the babysitter opened the door to retrieve something inside the room.
The dogs “immediately began to attack the toddler who sitting on the living room floor with his older brother,” a city press release said.
The babysitter stopped the attack “less than a minute later.”
The police department reminds families to watch their children around pets, particularly during the holiday season.