Boy, 8, airlifted to hospital after being bitten by dog ​​in Indio

An 8-year-old boy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after being bitten by a dog on Monday afternoon in Indio.

John Welsh of the Department of Animal Services said the attack happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 47000 block of Calle Diamante.

Welsh added that the boy was visiting his aunt. At one point, the dog, a large pit bull mix, escaped from its kennel and ran straight for the child. A grandmother and a second woman, also a relative, fought off the boy’s dog and put the dog in a backyard.

The boy was taken by his father to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio for treatment of facial injuries. His injuries were deemed serious enough to be transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The dog was turned over to animal services for humane euthanasia, Welsh said.

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