10-year-old boy wounded in pit bull attack

Pit bull in Westminster, Colo. April 30, 2012

Pit bull in Westminster, Colo. April 30, 2012

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A 10-year-old boy suffered injuries to his face and abdomen when he was attacked by a pit bull at his friend’s home on Monday.

Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke says the two children were playing together in the 6200 block of W. 92nd Pl. and went to see the friend’s grandmother’s pit bull.

The dog was locked in the backyard, so the boys went into the garage area which is the dog’s inside space.

The grandson opened the backyard door enough to pet the dog, which appeared friendly at the time, according to Spottke.

However, when the victim also tried to pet the dog it became aggressive, forced the door open and knocked down the victim.

The dog then proceeded to bite the boy on the abdomen and face. The grandmother then took control of the dog and put it back outside.

The boy went to St. Anthony North Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Spottke says the owner took the dog to police headquarters where it was placed into quarantine.

The owner provided proof of current rabies vaccination and said it had just completed a six-week obedience training course.

Police cited the owner for having a vicious animal and no dog license.

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