VAN NUYS (CBS) — A toddler is a being treated at a San Fernando Valley hospital after being mauled by a dog.

The incident happened at an apartment complex on the 15000 block of Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys. The 21-month boy was taken by ambulance to Northridge Hospital and is listed in stable condition in a pediatric intensive care unit.

The dog is currently at the East Valley Shelter. The type of dog was not immediately known.

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Comments (22)
  1. Jun says:

    If the type of dog is unknown, then why do you have a picture of a type of dog. It seems tasteless, misleading, and ambulance chasing.

    1. A says:

      My thoughts exactly. Way to promote an unfortunate stereotype. Take this photo down!

    2. krg says:

      Everytime there is a dog attack they use the same picture of the rottweiler. Doesn’t ever matter what breed it is. It’s ridiculous and it’s irresponsible. Before pits had the repuation as the bad dogs it was Rotts, before that it was Dobermans, before that it was German Sheperds. Pits, sadly, have just been the flavor of the moment longer than any of the others.

      But this site uses that same picture everytime.

  2. max's dad says:

    If this is not a photo of the actual dog, you are doing a great disservice to all breeds by using this photo. It appears to be a Rottweiler mix and that will cause a prejudice towards this breed. What if it was a poodle who attacked the infant?
    As a dog rescue volunteer for a German Shepherd rescue, I see my share of abused and mistreated dogs that are not well-adjusted due to their upbringing. Like children, if you raise them correctly, there shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, there’s always exceptions but not the norm.
    Parents should be taught to be extremely careful of dogs around toddlers. We’re asking them to live in a human world but without instructions. Not fair.
    I’ve seen idiot parents shove their newborn infant in my German Shepherds face thinking the baby would enjoy it. My dog wouldn’t bite the dog but another may. it’s just ridiculous how stupid people are.

  3. c says:

    you know that if this was a pit bull it would be splattered all over this article. probable a poodle, don’t want to down talk that notoriously aggressive breed! like a comment above says, this comes down to parents.

  4. Q says:

    it’s funny how when it’s a pitbull the report always pin point that it is. When it’s not a pitbull, the report says that it’s unknown.

  5. minnetian says:

    Agree with the above comments. If the toddler was attacked, odds are that it was because his parents were not watching him.

    1. Lynn says:

      Because people dont’ allow their dogs off leash? Seriously my dogs have been attacked several times because idiots don’t watch thier dogs. Mine are on leash.

    2. holly says:

      “If the toddler was attacked, odds are that it was because his parents were not watching him.”
      I must respectfully disagree with this comment. Children are attacked by dogs much more often than adults, and I recently created a non profit foundation in memory of a 4yr old (Blaise Landry) who was fatally attacked by 3 Boxers while playing in his yard in April 2009. His parents were supervising him, and they were unable to fight off the dogs as the attacked Blaise. The non profit foundation’s purpose: promoting safe kid/k-9 interaction & responsible pet ownership through education and awareness. Our &
      When I read stories about incidents like the one in Van Nuys, my heart breaks because I think responsible pet ownership is lacking…not parental supervision. But, I am by no means claiming that I know the details of what happens in every incident.

    3. serious says:

      If you have a toddler or a infant and your are walking with lots of dogs present, arm yourself with a blade. It’s legal, and if an animals gets locked on your kid, you are going to take the animal out fast and hard. Especially if there is more than one. If one dog attacks (with one kid) – grab the kid and take the attack yourself. If you have two kids, go for the dog. If you have multiple dogs attacking multiple kids, you gotta make choices and go for the aggressive attack, rather than the defense. Best to keep one parent on one kid. I don’t advocate taking dogs out, but if it comes to it it’s going to happen in a heart beat.

  6. Pam says:

    So why the picture of the Rottie? If you’re going to report the news, then how about it being accurate. I realize that makes it more boring and you’d have to actually find out the facts, but apparently it’s so much easier doing it the lazy way. You must be influenced by Fox “News”, they hate accurate reporting too…Just call it a nazi dog and you can get a job at Fox!

    1. Freedom says:

      You sound like an attack dog for Soros and all your liberal cronies against FoxNews, aka, not Obama worshippers.
      Wrong forum. A kid was mauled by a vicious dog- oh wait, you’re mauling Fox….

  7. Lynn says:

    Funny I thought it was a picture of chihuahua. I didn’t take time to stop and look.

  8. bigd says:

    if it was a pit bull the kid would be dead

  9. Disappointed says:

    TERRIBLE and IRRESPONSIBLE reporting with that misleading photograph with dog unknown — showing a Rottie. Not to mention that there are NO details – what about the irresponsible adults that allowed this to happen?


    What else are you misleading us about????? That’s scarier than a dog to me.

  10. Terrence says:

    The problem with dogs is largely attributed to their owners who think their dogs are more well-behaved than they actually are.

  11. Ed Rooney says:

    Put the dog down, no question. Then put the idiot owners down.

  12. Saber 1 says:

    10-1 it was a pit bull. It should be illegal to own, breed or have posseion of one. People always say if you treat them well, they will be good. Tell that to the little girl who got her face ripped off last summer, by a loving pit bull.

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