San Bernardino County girl on life support after pit bull attack
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
A five year old girl from Fontana, California was put on life support after she, three of her siblings and her mother were attacked by a pack of escaped pit bulls.
The dogs escaped from their fenced yard and confronted the family as they walked to a nearby park. The February 1st attack left Destiny Colon with broken ribs, a punctured lung and bite wounds. She is on a ventilator at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. She has undergone several surgeries for her injuries and is under heavy sedation for her pain. She remains unconscious. Doctors are hopeful, but it is too soon to offer a prognosis.
Two other children, Hector Perez, 6, and Princess Colon, 7, suffered bite wounds on their legs and were treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Hector required 235 stitches to close his wounds. Princess required 18. The mother, Josie Arellano, grabbed the three year old child when she saw the dogs; neither she nor the toddler was injured.
The family was helped by neighbors, but the dogs would not let go of Destiny. When police arrived, one dog charged at them and was shot. The surviving animals have been quarantined.
Police are investigating whether they can apply a state penal code that treats liability for injury by a trained attack dog as a felony. In this case, the property owner can be considered negligent as the dogs were able to escape.