Massive Neapolitan Mastiff bites three-year-old boy’s face
A massive Neapolitan Mastiff dog sank his teeth into a three-year-old boy’s face in Chilliwack, BC, as the boy’s mom grappled with the beast to free her child.
The dog eventually let go but the frightened boy suffered face bites including a deep gash to the right side of his face, just above his right eye brow and at least three bites to his right cheek.
The boy will require plastic surgery to repair the damage from the bite marks on his face and was put on antibiotics at Abbotsford Hospital, police said.
Police said they were called to the Chilliwack home at around 8 p.m. on Monday. When they arrived ambulance paramedics were attending to the child.
Police said the parents and the child were at a home owned by relatives.
“They all were inside the home when an adult made a “playful” move at one of the children. The Neapolitan Mastiff then bit the three year old in the head. The mother instinctively tried to pry the dog of her child. The Neapolitan Mastiff eventually let go allowing time for the parents to assess the injuries and care for their son,” said Const. Angelina Bowen.
“The three year old had been transported to Abbotsford Hospital where it was confirmed that he received a deep gash to the right side of his face, namely one above his right eye brow and at least three to his right cheek, requiring plastic surgery and anti-biotics. The Neapolitan Mastiff had current vaccinations for rabies” she said.
The family permanently removed the Neopolitan Mastiff from the home, and has fully co-operated with the investigation. It was confirmed that because it occurred inside the dog owners house and not off property that there was not a by-law to enforce.
This is still under investigation by the Chilliwack RCMP, and they are following up with the child’s family.