Police: 6-year-old attacked by dogs in SE Albuquerque
April 18, 2019 10:18 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 6-year-old boy was attacked by two dogs on Thursday afternoon, according to Albuquerque police.
Officers responded to the 600 block of Chama SE around 3 p.m.
Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesperson for APD, said the boy climbed into a fenced yard containing four pit bulls. Two of the dogs attacked the boy, according to police.
"It was a very vicious attack," said Drobik. "But the child did jump into the area where the dogs were."
Drobik said the child was transported to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for trauma suffered to his neck, head and face.
Police said the owner likely won't face criminal charges for the attack because they believe the child got into the owner's secured yard on his own.
According to Adam Ricci, a spokesperson for the city's Animal Welfare Department, the two dogs are currently under quarantine for 10 days to check for any contagious diseases.
Ricci said the dog's owner is facing administrative citations for irresponsible possession of a dangerous animal/dog, under the city's Angel's Law ordinance.
An administrative citation is not a criminal action, he said.
Editor's Note: Police originally said the boy was 4 years old.
Updated: April 18, 2019 10:18 PM
Created: April 18, 2019 04:04 PM
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