2 Children injured in Glendale pit bull attack

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A pit bull attack at a Glendale home sent two children to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

A family dog bit an 8-year-old who lives in the home near Olive and 67th avenues and a 13-year-old neighbor just after 1 p.m.

Police said the dog bit both kids numerous times, but they don't yet know why.

A neighbor kid playing in the area at the time told 3TV he heard screams coming from the home and jumped into action.

"I was talking to my friends and then I heard the scream and then I rushed over to my other friends house and called," said Xavier Shroyer.

The 8-year-old suffered significant injuries to his arms and legs. He was taken by helicopter to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The teenage neighbor was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Police said the injuries are serious but don't appear to be life-threatening.

A teenage family member in the house was able to separate the kids from the dog. The Glendale Fire Department said if it weren't for that, the kids could have suffered an even worse fate.

"If that family member had not been nearby or close enough to separate the child from the dog ya definitely could have had some additional injuries," said Glendale Fire Spokesman Ron Hart.

The dog was taken by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and was euthanized per the family's request.

This wasn't the first time the dog has attacked. According to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, there were two other biting incidents involving the dog in 2013. Both incidents occurred within the home and each time the dog was home-quarantined.

A neighbor, who did not want 3TV to identify her says her son and her son's dog were also attacked by the dog in question last year. Ever since then she's been wary.

"Every time I walk my dog, I'm always overly cautious, looking over my back to make sure the doors closed, so ya kinda scary," the woman said.