The dog's owners said they were babysitting the 2-year-old at their home Sunday afternoon. The pit bull lunged for a piece of candy the boy was holding, but bit the boy's face in the process. The child's injuries were non-life threatening.
Prior to locating the pet, the pit bull's owners said the dog ran out the door and had not been seen since the incident.
Ventura County Animal Regulations officials said the incident appears to be an accident and not a dog attack.