A pit bull bit a 1-year-old girl’s face in the tot’s Queens home Monday afternoon, after she playfully tried to grab a bone from the dog’s mouth, police sources said.
Medics rushed little Kathy Rojas from her home on 102nd St. near 34th Ave. in Corona in critical but stable condition to Elmhurst Hospital just after 4:30 p.m., officials said.
Kathy’s parents share the house with a second family, including a 51-year-old woman who was babysitting the girl while her mom and dad were at work Monday, sources said.
The woman’s teenage children were taking care of Diesel, a 1-year-old pit bull, for a friend, and the dog was staying in a shed in the backyard, sources said.
When the woman went outside to feed the dog, the little girl followed, sources said.
What happened next was an accident, according to one of the dog sitters.
“My mother was going to feed the dog. And the baby took the bone from the dog’s mouth,” Rodolfo Palaquinay said outside the house Monday afternoon. “He’s a friendly dog. He’s not aggressive. Maybe he thought they were playing. We were only watching the dog for a day. His owner was moving.”
Palaquinay declined further comment.
The little girl was undergoing surgery, but she will survive her injuries, sources said.
Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit removed the dog from the home, and handed it over to Animal Care and Control officials, cops said.
Credit: NY Daily News