FYI: This was an Out of the Pits dog.
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5-year-old boy attacked by pit bull in stable condition after surgery
Boy's aunt also injured after protecting nephew
By Michael Valkys and Emily Stewart • Poughkeepsie Journal • April 17, 2009
MYERS CORNER - The 5-year-old boy who was bitten by a pit bull yesterday is in stable condition at Westchester Medical Center after receiving "upwards of 1,000 stitches," for 80 to 100 lacerations on his face and scalp, according to police.
The woman who was injured in the attack was the boy's aunt and dog's owner, said Sgt. Michael Collier of the New York State Police at Wappingers.
The boy is currently in the pediatric intensive care unit at Westchester Medical after competing surgery around 4:30 a.m today. "It's going to be a lengthy recovery," Collier said.
The pit bull attacked the boy Thursday when he and his aunt were playing ball in her back yard off Taryl Court, according to Investigator Dan Smith of the state police at Wappingers.
The attack was apparently unprovoked, said Smith.
The woman stopped the dog from biting her nephew by laying on the boy, which left her own arm exposed to attack. Eventually she was able to calm the dog down, carried her nephew to her car and called 911 from her cell phone, said Smith.
The woman has asked that the dog be put down, according to Jerry Owen, the Town of Wappinger animal control officer, who has the dog in custody right now.
The dog is currently one year old, and was adopted at three months from Out of the Pits in Albany, said Smith. Out of the Pits a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing pit bulls that have been abandoned or abused, according to its website.
New Hackensack fire Chief Rocco Dimase said the department responded to a report of a dog attack around 5:50 p.m. The chief said he arrived to find the boy and woman locked inside a car in the home's garage.
The pit bull, which Dimase said appeared to be a family pet, had been locked in the fenced-in backyard.
Dimase said the boy had "tear wounds" to his face and head.
"It was apparent he had to go to a Level One trauma center," Dimase said of Westchester Medical, where the boy was taken by helicopter.
The chief said the boy's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Dimase said the boy was conscious when he was airlifted to Westchester.
Dimase said the woman suffered bite wounds and was transported by Town of Wappinger ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
The chief said he did not know the identities of the boy and the woman, or if they are related.
State troopers from the Wappinger barracks and deputies from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.
State police Sgt. John Roe said details of the incident were unavailable Thursday night.
He said investigators were hoping to determine what happened by interviewing the victims.