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Pit bull mauls 2 midstate kids strapped in car seats inside minivan

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 21, 2017 1:44 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A pit bull burst through a backyard fence, made its way into a nearby minivan and mauled two young children as they sat helplessly strapped into their car seats, police said.

The mother of the 2-year-old girl and the 5-year-old boy managed to pry the animal off them Monday but not before it seriously mangled her son's face, witnesses said.

Tom Grab told WPMT-TV that he was able to pull the 66-pound dog off the boy, but it wriggled free and continued the bloody assault.

Several other people in the area also helped the mother, who drove to a nearby hospital after the dog was removed from the vehicle. She was treated for scratches, but her children are being treated for serious injuries.

The mayhem ended when the owner of the 5-year-old pit bull terrier came out and secured the dog, authorities said.

The dog's owner is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, and the dog is in quarantine.

No charges have been filed, and the identities of those involved have not yet been released.

The Lancaster police department did not immediately respond to requests for more details.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Lancaster) -- Police say a pit bull escaped from its yard and somehow got into a minivan, attacking a 2-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy as they sat strapped into their car seats.

Lancaster police say the children's mother managed to pull the animal off them with the help of neighbors and others.

The children are being treated for serious injuries.

A witness who tells WPMT-TV he helped wrestle the dog off the kids Monday says the boy had extreme facial injuries after the attack.

Tom Grab says he pulled the dog off and held onto it, but it managed to wriggle free and resume attacking.

He says the mother was eventually able to flee and drive to a hospital.

No charges have been filed. The dog is in quarantine.

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