Toddler Mauled, Wilmington Star News
Wilmington, NC-- Dogs are man's best friend and they make great family pets. However, a family in Wilmington is wondering if they did the right thing by adopting a dog.
Thursday, a toddler was rushed into emergency surgery after she was attacked by a dog her parents adopted the night before.
Police said they received a 911 call sometime after noon yesterday that a dog had attacked a child in the house. New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jerry Brewer told the Wilmington Star News that the 20-month-old girl was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with severe facial injuries.
According to Brewer, the parents told them they had adopted the Boxer Wednesday night from an elderly woman in Raleigh. After getting the dog home, the mother said the Boxer started acting aggressive.
Investigators haven't released the family's name.
An animal control officer at the hospital told Brewer the child's injuries were the worst dog bites she'd ever seen.
He said the child was undergoing surgery Thursday afternoon to repair lacerations to both her cheeks.
Animal control officers took custody of the dog and are holding it at the animal shelter.
Brewer told the paper, the dog will be quarantined for 10 days as animal control officers determine if it was up-to-date on its rabies shots. He said the owner has five days after quarantine to claim the dog or it will be euthanized.
The attack is under investigation by the Wilmington Police Department.