A Willis, Texas, toddler is in critical condition after he was mauled by a pit bull his family had chained up outside.
The dog apparently attacked the boy in his yard while his mother went inside for a quick glass of water. When she returned, a pit bull was attacking her baby, biting him in the face, neck and side. The mother was also attacked as she tried to fend off the dog.
The toddler is recovering at a nearby hospital, in critical condition. The boy is expected to survive.
While the dog was chained up in the family’s yard, it did not belong to them. According to the Montgomery County Police, the dog is owned by a man who is currently in jail.
The attack marks the second serious attack on a child in the area within the last few days. On Saturday, a 4-year-old Montgomery County boy was mauled to death by a pit bull after the youngster climbed a neighbors fence. The dog was chained up, but broke free and attacked the boy. The boy’s 9-year-old sister was eventually able to pull the boy to safety and call for help. The boy was rushed taken via flight-for-life helicopter to a Houston hospital where he died from his injuries.
While Texas laws require dogs who attack outside their personal property to be euthanized, this dog may have been saved given it was on its own property and restrained, however, the owner handed the dog over to authorities saying he couldn’t bear to live with the dog knowing that it killed someone.