Child bitten in face by dog

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville toddler is being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital after the family dog attacked him.

Around 4:30 p.m. on May 31, Metro Police and Animal Services were called to the 2800 block of South 6th Street near Churchill Downs. When they arrived, they found a 2 1/2-year-old boy visiting his grandmother's home had been bitten in the face by the woman's dog.

"They come here, and, from what I'm understanding, it was familiar," said Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson. "It's one of those unfortunate situations that it turned tragic."

The unfortunate situation caught Elizabeth Bower, a neighbor, off guard.

"I feel like someone's got a pit bull, there's children around, I'd be leery of it," said Bower.

Bower says she isn't an animal lover and she wouldn't own a pit bull.

"They're scary and I, you know, I wouldn't have one around children at all," said Bower.

The child, whose name has not been released, was rushed to Kosair Children's with non-life threatening injuries. His grandmother went with him.

The family voluntarily handed over the young pit bull mix to Metro Animal Services. MAS said the owner made a quick decision to euthanize the dog.

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