Raleigh toddler seriously injured in dog attack

Posted November 27, 2015 10:50 a.m. EST
Updated November 27, 2015 6:52 p.m. EST

— A 21-month-old boy visiting family friends in Raleigh was seriously injured Friday morning when he was attacked by two dogs, police said.

According to the official police report, the child managed to get away from adults into the back yard, where two dogs – one belonging to his parents and one belonging to his hosts – were being kept.

A neighbor told WRAL News that he heard screaming coming from the home at 2312 Euston St., then saw EMTs take the child from the house wrapped in a blanket.

"I never saw the baby," Robert Cotton said. "They were screaming, crying. Finally EMS arrived, and the man came out of the house with a blue blanket and handed it to them. I just figured the dog had got to the baby."

Police said the boy was initially taken to WakeMed, but was transferred to UNC Hospitals. His injuries were described as life-threatening.

Animal Control officers removed three dogs from the home, but authorities said they did not expect to file any charges against the dog owners. Police said they expect the dogs will be euthanized.

"I didn't even know they had dogs," Cotton said.