Young boy mauled by Rottweiler
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON -- A 5-year-old boy was seriously bitten by a Rottweiler on Sunday morning, city police said.
The boy's mother rushed to beat the dog back with a stick after she looked out the back window and saw the youngster's head in the dog's mouth, Sgt. Tony Bennett said.
The boy was being treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for multiple cuts to the head and shoulders.
Officers reported that the boy would have required additional surgery at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center if the damage to his ear had been any worse, Bennett said.
About 9:35 a.m., the victim and his younger sister were playing with their puppy in the yard in the 1200 block of South Seventh Avenue.
The boy later said he noticed that the Rottweiler had entered the yard, then the mother saw the attack under way.
Bennett said she had to beat back the dog twice in order to get her children safely into the house.
The dog's owner told authorities he was unaware the dog was loose. The dog was impounded by animal control officers while the case is under review, Bennett said.