19-month-old seriously injured after being mauled by pit bull

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A 19-month-old boy is recovering in the hospital after a pit bull mauled in him a parking lot Sunday night.

The boy has serious injuries to his face and neck. Investigators are looking into possible charges because there is a pit bull ban in Commerce City and a vicious dog ordinance.

The attack happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the King Soopers parking lot at 4850 E. 62nd Avenue. Three groups of separate families were traveling across the country that set up camp in the parking lot for the evening.

One included the toddler and his mother. Another included the dog and its owner. The two groups just met before the attack happened.

Police say the 90-pound dog was tied to a pole and when the child tried petting it, the dog attacked. When officers arrived, they restrained the dog using catch poles. The dog was taken to the Adams County Animal Shelter, where it died from asphyxiation.

"I think it's important to note that our officers showed great restraint in dealing with this animal," Commerce City officer Chris Dickey said. "Obviously it was vicious. And they handled it very well."

Police say the dog was aggressive when they tried restraining it. Charges are pending against the dog's owner. There is no word when doctors will release the toddler from the hospital.

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  • Patricia Thompson

    I’d like to point out a different take on the toddler bit/dog killed story that I’ve heard at least 6 times in the last 12hours. You’re leaning toward the tragic toddler side but what about where the h… was the kids Mom who should have been watching him around a not familiar dog (regardless of breed). Who lets a toddler wander around a parking lot? The dog owner responsibly tied her pet up; everyone should check with an owner before approaching a pet one doesn’t know. Chances are that the dog was a sweet loving pet who didn’t like his eyes being poked by some kid. And really, the dog owner is in jail because of an ordinance she of course wouldn’t know about – that’s ridiculously mean after killing her pet. It’s unlikely any of us knows the ordinances of towns we’re traveling through. And the truth of the dog dying is that animal control (I assume) used their catch poles incorrectly and crushed the dogs trachea – a really AWFUL way to die – unable to get a breath…! Anyone (man or animal) would become violent if you’re being strangled to death! And this actually all falls to the toddlers mother who clearly wasn’t practicing good parenting – that’s why all this happened; maybe her kid should be placed in foster care instead of the pet owner being in jail. I feel sorry for the toddler – but that was his moms fault and I feel more sorry for the pet owner who did nothing wrong and lost her beloved pet and companion. And PLEASE stop reporting this ‘news’ unless you can fairly present all sides!
    Thank you.
    Patricia Thompson

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