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Infant hospitalized after being attacked by family’s pit bull, police say

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A 2-month-old boy was injured in Woodland Hills after being attacked by a pit bull.
(Los Angeles Times)

A 2-month-old boy was hospitalized Monday after he was mauled by the family dog at a home in Woodland Hills.

The animal, a pit bull, became agitated when someone knocked on the door of a home in the 22600 block of Clarendon Street about 12:45 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Officer Greg Kraft.

The baby, who was in a car seat on the floor, began to cry. The dog escaped from a gated pen area and bit the child, Kraft said.

The extent of the boy’s injuries was not available Tuesday, but authorities said he is expected to survive.

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Los Angeles Animal Services responded to the home Monday to investigate. The dog has been quarantined in the West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth to confirm that the canine is healthy and does not have any diseases that could be transmitted to the infant, said Ashley Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for animal services.

The quarantine period will likely last about 10 days. After that, the dog will be returned to its owner, Rodriguez said.

hannah.fry@latimes.com

Twitter: @Hannahnfry

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UPDATES:

11:25 a.m.: This article was updated with information from Los Angeles Animal Services.

This article was originally published at 7:25 a.m.


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