Toddler attempts to pet pit bull, seriously injured in mauling

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:01pm

A 19-month-old boy is recovering in the hospital after a pit bull mauled in him a parking lot Sunday night.

The boy has serious injuries to his face and neck. Investigators are looking into possible charges because there is a pit bull ban in Commerce City and a vicious dog ordinance.

The attack happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the King Soopers parking lot at 4850 E. 62nd Avenue. Three groups of separate families were traveling across the country that set up camp in the parking lot for the evening.

One included the toddler and his mother. Another included the dog and its owner. The two groups just met before the attack happened.

Police say the 90-pound dog was tied to a pole and when the child tried petting it, the dog attacked. When officers arrived, they restrained the dog using catch poles. The dog was taken to the Adams County Animal Shelter, where it died from asphyxiation.

"I think it's important to note that our officers showed great restraint in dealing with this animal," Commerce City officer Chris Dickey said. "Obviously it was vicious. And they handled it very well."

Police say the dog was aggressive when they tried restraining it. Charges are pending against the dog's owner. There is no word when doctors will release the toddler from the hospital. 

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