Karen Prescott, with the Springfield Greene County Health Department, said the attack occurred in the 2100 block of North Franklin where the child was present. It is unclear whether he was living there or was visiting, she said.
A heavily redacted report from Springfield Police said the victim was a male born in February of 2011. The incident occurred at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses to the attack were two women in their early 20s.
Springfield animal control ordinances require that an animal defined as a pit bull to be neutered or spayed, microchipped and registered with the city in order to be kept in the city.
Additionally, the owner must pay a $50 annual fee.
The dog involved in this attack is an intact male that was not registered, Prescott said.
A person who claimed ownership of the animal but did not give his name told an animal control officer on the phone where to find the dog chained up after the attack. He gave permission for the dog to be taken into custody.
Prescott said the dog was to be custody for 10 days before it is to be killed because the Health Department is uncertain who the owner is. A person could come forward in that time period to claim the animal.
“We could euthanize the animal and test the head (for rabies),” Prescott said. But because the owner is unknown, the animal will be quarantined for the required 10 days to determine whether it is rabid before it it destroyed.
The case has been referred to Greene County Children’s Division for further investigation, she said.
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