By Ryan Yousefi
A pit bull has been euthanized, and a Coral Springs mother and two boys have been discharged from the hospital following an attack by the dog on August 21.
According to Coral Springs Officer Chris Swinson, the mother, 35, has been home since last Friday, the same day the attack occurred. Her injuries from the attack were considered minor. The boys, one with a more serious eye injury, were both released from Broward General Monday night.
Last Friday, police responded to the 2500 block of NW 106 Ave after an 11-year-old was bitten by the dog, and his 12-year-old brother tried to intervene. The 11-year-old received a large laceration to the back of his head that required 50 stitches.
As his 12-year-old brother intervened, the dog latched onto his face and jaw, which fractured his jaw bone and tore away all the tissue around the boy’s eye, severely damaging it — including a detached cornea and damage to the pupil. He received over 30 stitches and required plastic surgery to repair the injuries to his face.
When their mother tried to help, she was severely bitten on multiple areas of her body, requiring emergency care. During this time, the 12-year-old was able to run out of the room where he armed himself with a large kitchen knife and returned to save his mother. The 11-year-old was able to run to a neighbor to call 911.
Swinson said the pit bull was found by someone who knows the family, and the family was only holding the dog until a permanent home could be found. There is no indication of how long the dog had been in their possession.
The dog was originally taken to Coral Springs Animal Hospital after the attack, where it was quarantined. Following the incident, the original person who had only recently found the dog decided the best course of action was euthanization.
The dog was euthanized shortly after.
A GoFundMe has been organized to help pay for the family’s medical expenses.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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