MELBOURNE, Florida – Authorities say a 4-year-old child was mauled by two pit bulls Thursday afternoon and airlifted to Arnold Palmer hospital, according to the Melbourne Police Department.
The attack happened about 1:15 p.m. at The Meadows mobile home park off Rolling Rock Drive. Brevard Fire Rescue responded to the scene within minutes.
Police say three dogs were taken from the scene by Brevard County animal control, but four dogs were at the residence at the time of the attack.
An officer said the child was left with two women who live in the mobile home park. When one of the women went out to run an errand, the pit bulls, who live in the household with the women, turned on the child for unknown reasons.
“We received a call from Brevard County Rescue through their 911 system that a 4-year-old child had been severely mauled,” Sgt. Martin Miller with the Melbourne Police Department said.
“The child was severely injured with multiple lacerations and puncture wounds,” Miller added. But it was later determined by Brevard County Fire Rescue that she didn’t receive any life-threatening injuries.
Melbourne police are investigating the attack. Police said that no prior incidents had been reported with the animals and that they will remain with animal services until the investigation is complete.
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