A young child is severely injured after being bitten in the face by a dog in Wallingford on Friday night, according to police.
Police say they received multiple calls about a young child being bitten in the face by a dog on 10 Simpson Avenue around 7:45 p.m.
Officers say they found a 61-year-old man and his two grandchildren, ages one and six, near Center Street sitting in the back of a car that had stopped to help. According to police, the grandfather was holding his 1-year-old grandson who had suffered severe injuries to his head and face. His 6-year-old granddaughter had also suffered a bite wound to her buttocks area.
The two children were transported to Yale Pediatric Hospital for treatment and the man was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, officers say.
Investigators learned the dog, an English Bulldog, was with its owner in the backyard of a house on Simpson Avenue when the dog walked to the front yard and approached the man and his grandchildren as they walked by on the sidewalk. According to the dog’s owner, the dog attacked the child when the man started yelling at the dog and pulled a stroller away.
Officers say the dog’s owner is cooperating with the investigation. The dog is currently under quarantine by Wallingford Animal Control, however officials say he is up to date with his rabies vaccinations.
Police have not released the name of the dog’s owner. The names of the victims have also not been released.