Owner Ticketed After Pit Bull Attacks Toddler

Boy, 3, received multiple bites to torso after wondering into room where female pit bull was either pregnant or had just delivered litter

The owner of two pit bulls received tickets after the dogs attacked a toddler in the South Shore neighborhood.

The toddler is expected to survive after the two dogs mauled him inside a South Shore neighborhood home Monday night.

The dogs attacked the boy at about 3:30 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Kingston Avenue, officials said.

The 3-year-old wandered into a back room where a female pit bull was either pregnant or had just delivered a litter of puppies, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said.

A relative heard the commotion and retrieved a neighbor who fought the dogs off with a stick and brought the boy to a fire station across the street, Langford said. Emergency crews treated him there, then took him to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

The owner was ticketed for not having required dog licenses and rabies vacccinations required, according to Chicago Police news affairs.

"Anytime a child gets injured it affects everybody, absolutely everybody, and there's nothing you can do to make it better at the time," said Chicago Fire Capt. Bob Martin. "When we get here it's already happened, and all we can do is our best to stabilize the child and get him to an emergency room immediately."

The boy suffered multiple bite wounds to his ears, neck and legs but the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, Langford said.

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