UPDATE: Mother, child attacked by family dog, airlifted to hospital

Los Angeles County Fire paramedics and American Medical Response EMTs load an infant onto Copter 15 at the Castaic Sports Complex following a dog attack a few blocks west. Austin Dave/The Signal

A mother and child were attacked by the family’s dog in Castaic Friday morning, then airlifted to a pediatric hospital.

The father of the child turned the dog over to officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, said Don Belton, spokeswoman for the department.

The incident happened shortly before 10:10 a.m. on the 31000 block of Nichols Lane, where the family dog, described as an “80-pound pit bull mix” attacked the pair, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The dog is contained,” Miller said shortly after the attack, adding there was no threat to the public, meaning the dog was initially inside the family home.

“We had two patients attacked by a dog, both suffering facial injuries,” Inspector Sky Cornell of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

“Because we had a younger patient, the helicopter went to a pediatric hospital,” he said.

A sheriff’s sergeant communicates with his station at the scene of a dog attack in Castaic Friday morning. Austin Dave/The Signal

Deputies responding to the call, contacted officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control who took custody of the dog.

“The owner of the dog, the father (of the attacked child) surrendered the dog to our department,” Belton said.

“The dog will be (in) quarantine, and not available for adoption,” she said.

Quarantined dogs are kept at least 10 days and are evaluated for rabies, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website, in a section titled: “What happens when I report a bite?”

“Animals that have been impounded by an animal control agency must complete their quarantine period in a shelter,” according to the dog bite protocol outlined by county officials.

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