Samuel Eli Zamudio, 2, was attacked by multiple pit bulls in the backyard of a family home in Colton, California in San Bernardino County. Police received a 911 call from Zamudio’s family at approximately 5:30 pm on Monday alerting them that Zamudio was injured in a pit bull attack in the 700 block of West Citrus Street. Zamudio was taken to Arrow Head Medical Center; he was seriously injured and died at the hospital.
Zamudio’s uncle was babysitting him and his sibling when the boy disappeared. A woman, who does not want to be identified, was also there with her two children. Zamudio climbed through a window to the backyard while his uncle thought he was playing in the house; there were seven to 10 pit bulls, and it is estimated that at least five dogs started attacking him. Kevin Cardiel, a neighbor, claims the boy was missing for 20 minutes before he was found mauled in the backyard. Cardiel said, “He jumped out of the window, I’m guessing to play with the dogs, and the dogs grabbed him.”
The woman at the scene said, “It was ugly. His face was all eaten up. He was eaten from the face. He had no clothes.” Zumdio’s grandmother and parents were not at the home when the attack occurred. Initially, authorities reported that two unidentified individuals may be facing charges of child endangerment. CBS reported that Zamudio’s grandmother and uncle were arrested earlier today. An investigation into the attack is being conducted. Animal Control took seven to eight mixed pit bulls from the home, and they were relocated to a shelter in the area. No one else was injured in the attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from dog bites on a yearly basis. Half of these people are children, and 885,000 of these bites each year require medical help. Reconstructive surgery was necessary in more than 27,000 cases in 2012.
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