MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — A large bull mastiff has been caught and quarantined after it attacked a woman and her child Tuesday, biting off part of his ear.

The mauling was reported at 11:42 a.m. outside a home on Indian Street, just south of Myers Avenue.

The woman, who was pushing a baby in a stroller, was walking with her 6-year-old son when they passed in front of the home, where the dog attacked.

“From what the witnesses told me, the dog just hit the fence and bulldozed through,” an animal control officer told CBS2/KCAL9’s Greg Mills.

The dog is big – estimated to weigh 160 pounds. It took four people to subdue the dog and get it into the animal control truck, Mills reports.

The child’s ear was torn and the back of his head was gnawed, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The mother may have also suffered an injury to her hip.

A honk from a passing car interrupted the attack, and may have saved the child’s life, Mills reports.

The owners of the dog were cooperative, turned the dog over and were cited. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days and then euthanized.

Comments (14)
  1. tiny says:

    euthanized for what reason

    1. squid says:

      For attacking people for no apparent reason…

    2. O_O says:

      Did you not read the article? Don’t even bother with that. Just read the headline. Okay, now that you’ve done that, don’t you feel silly for asking such a stupid question?

  2. Shannon says:

    That type of dogs should not be allowed in neighborhoods, get a ranch/farm! We had an attack a year ago in Los Angeles, a neighbor had several dogs that were roaming the street in the early a.m. Unfortunately a woman was at the bus stop and she tried to jump on a van, a passerby tried to let her jump in his car and when he opened the door the dogs attacked both of them, they were ok, minor injuries but the police end up having to shoot and kill one.

  3. jennifer says:

    I hope that the child and mother will be okay. However the human owners of this dog is directly responsible for it’s actions and now the dog will pay for it with it’s own life. Dogs are not inherently mean or prone to attacking humans. There is no such thing as a “mean” or “bad” breed of dog and no dog is born aggressive. Most of the time dog attacks are the result of human behaviors such as neglect, cruelty, etc. I sincerely hope that these owners do not get another dog in the future.

  4. Corinne Anderson says:

    Poor dog.

  5. KM says:

    It’s too bad the child had this experience because dogs are not dangerous unless they are trained to attack. This dog should not be euthanized. The dog was behind a chain link fence that was not strong enough to restrain such a large dog. The owners were negliigent for keeping a large dog inside such a weak chain link fence. The dog was probably left alone by its owner all day and when the dog saw the children he became scared and excited. This dog is a beautiful large Bull Mastiff that appears to be healthy and not sick and it SHOULD NOT BE EUTHANIZED. Instead, the dog should be re-homed to a person who can handle a large dog with enough room for it to run and play with other large dogs. Dogs are members of a pack and they become scared when left alone. Please help this dog. I feel very badly that this happened and I feel sorry for the people involved but please don’t euthanize this beautiful dog.

  6. Yoandie says:

    These dogs are not generally aggressive, but are definitely keepers of the gates if you will. He was just doing what come naturally protection his area. Hello it’s an animal people! It’s too bad the home owners didn’t have the gate secured properly., Very sad the dog has to be put down, I’d take him in a heart beat!

  7. Doc says:

    I have had 2 Bull Mastiffs and they are wonderful family dogs that only want to be members of the family. They are meant to be indoor dogs that thrive on affection and should not be left outside their entire life. I blame the owners.

    My two year old would routinely jump off the couch onto the bull and the worst thing he ever did was walk away.

    1. KM says:

      I wish the animal control could change their minds about euthanizing this beautiful dog He needs an appropriate home where he can live out his life. I pray that somehow the animal control will allow somebody to adopt this dog who can appropriately care for him.

  8. Art says:

    It’s always the Owners fault. These types of dogs and Pit Bulls should never be owned as Pets. It’s like trying to keep a Tiger as a Pet.They are unpredictable and can decide to Kill at anytime even if they are well trained..It’s in their Genes to Kill and be protective of their Space.
    The killing and or Mauling of Children will continue as long as you fools keep trying to have wild animals as Pets

  9. Dann says:

    Big dog cllaor websites?Can someone give me some websites to order cute/unique dog cllaors.PREFERABLY 1.5 or 2inches. I dont like anything thinner than that.THANKS

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