Three-year-old Omar Martinez died in his back yard yesterday when the family’s pit bull attacked him. At approximately 3:00 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a call that the boy was not breathing at a home on Goshute Avenue in Apple Valley after being attacked by the dog. When sheriff and firefighter’s arrived, the boy’s grandfather opened the gate to let them in the yard, but the dog got aggressive with the firefighters, who were forced to retreat back to their vehicles. A sheriff deputy at the scene also tried to enter, and when the dog again became aggressive, the officer shot and killed it.
When rescuers finally got to the boy he was unresponsive. The boy was transported to St. Mary Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:41 p.m. According to a witness, the boy and his father were playing in the backyard with the dog. When the father went in the house, the dog attacked the boy, biting him in the throat. It is unclear why the dog bit the boy, and the Sheriff’s Department said there were no previous reports of an aggressive dog at the residence.
Source: San Bernardino Sun
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