10-month-old airlifted after dog attack in Deerfield Beach

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - An infant was rushed to the hospital after suffering a dog bite in Deerfield Beach.

Broward Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue were dispatched to the area of Southwest 34th Avenue and First Court, just after 6 p.m., Thursday.

BSO said the 10-month-old boy had to be airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center with a head injury that was not life-threatening. The child had to undergo surgery, but he is expected to be OK.

“I believe they have two golden retrievers,” said area resident Mary Savilla. “I was like ‘What? A golden retriever?'”

BSO Special Victims Unit said while the child was being fed, food fell on the floor. Both the child and the dog went to grab for it at the same time, leading to the bite.

Investigators said the bite appeared to be unintentional.

However, due to the child’s age and the depth of the cut, the call was made for air rescue to the closest Level 1 pediatric center.

Neighbors said they saw ambulances and later deputies in the quiet neighborhood, as the investigation continued into the night.

“Not that it won’t happen, it can happen,” said Savilla. “I’m sure being homeowners they have their shots and everything like that. They’re probably shocked.”

Detectives said Broward County Animal Care and Adoption have also been notified. However, it is unknown if the agency will be getting involved.

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