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Dog attack leaves Ventura County boy, 10, with face injuries

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities said a 10-year-old boy was left with significant injuries to his face Saturday after being attacked by his neighbor's pit bull in an unincorporated area of Ventura County.

Ventura sheriff's officials said the attack happened about 8:30 a.m. in the 3400 block of Citrus Street in El Rio.

The boy was on a bicycle when the 100-pound dog came out of a neighboring yard and attacked him, officials said. He then ran to his cousin's house for safety.

The boy was taken to Ventura County Medical Center.

The dog's owner told deputies that the dog was secured in the backyard. At that point, deputies said the dog came out again, but was not aggressive toward them.

The owner grabbed the dog and placed it in a patrol car. Animal control then put the dog into quarantine.

Authorities are investigating to see if the owner is at fault.