Sunday, August 30, 2009

Five Points, Florida

FIVE POINTS — A female pit bull that attacked and bit a five-year-old boy Thursday afternoon near Five Points was shot and killed by a deputy as the deputy rescued the child, according to police reports.

“The child received several bite injuries and was treated at Lake Shore Hospital for non-threatening injuries,” said Columbia County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. Ed Seifert. The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the child.

According to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Thursday at an address on County Road 25, where sheriff’s office deputies responded after receiving reports that a 5-year-old child was being attacked by a dog.

“Sgt. Stacy Croft arrived at the home and found the child actively being attacked by a female pit bull,” Seifert said. “Croft put his own safety aside and rescued the child from the dog. The pit bull then charged Croft. Croft, fearing for safety, was forced to euthanize the dog with his service weapon, firing one shot.”

Croft was not injured in the attack.

Seifert said the dog belonged to a neighbor across the street from the boy’s home, and the boy was in the neighbor’s backyard when he was attacked.

At press times, reports were not available with information on the dog’s vaccination records and if there were any previous reports of the dog being aggressive.

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