SBPD: South Bend boy attacked by pit bull Wednesday night

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A South Bend boy was attacked by a pit bull on Wednesday evening, according to a sergeant with the South Bend Police Department.

Police said they received two calls regarding the attack on Diamond Avenue and Vassar Avenue. The sergeant ABC 57 News spoke with said when officers arrived they found out the pit bull had been stabbed in order to get it to stop attacking the child who’s younger than 8-years-old.

“No child should have to go through that,” said Becky Kaiser, who is on the South Bend Animal Control Commission. “Whether it’s your child or a neighbor child.”

Police said the owner of the pit bull lives with family members at the home on Diamond Ave. The mother of the child spoke to ABC 57 News and said her son is ‘doing good’ after the attack.

“He’s a little sore, but he’s moving around,” said the mother.

Her son had non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The department said he was taken to Memorial Hospital and had to have surgery, in order to sew up the bites the dog left.

“We push and push and push at South Bend Animal Care and Control about spay and neuter,” said Kaiser.

Kaiser said the commission hears cases like this all the time, and in general, some are always preventable.

“Most spayed and neutered dogs are less likely to be vicious,” she said.

The case is currently being investigated by St. Joseph County Animal Care and Control, according to SBPD. The dog was euthanized on Wednesday, but investigators found it was not up to date on its rabies shot.

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