Pit bull mauls boy

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Police say an 11-year-old New York boy was severely mauled by a pit bull Tuesday while he was visiting family friends on Globe Street, located off Souther Road. It is the second attack by the dog this month, Livermore Falls police officer Vern Stevens said.

The boy was attacked Tuesday on both legs in the ankle area and abdomen, Stevens said.

“There was massive blood loss,” he said.

A 12-year-old Livermore Falls girl at the residence was babysitting the boy and her two siblings, 7 and 3 months, when the attack occurred, Stevens said. The girl’s mother was out of town.

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When Stevens arrived on the scene four minutes after the 12-year-old’s call to 911 at 11:41 a.m., reporting the mauling, a neighbor was holding the dog at bay with a pole lamp in the hallway of the residence, Stevens said.

Two more neighbors were tending the boy who was on the floor near the front door, he said.

“I had the neighbors get the boy out of the house and at that point, the person who was holding the dog at bay and myself started to back out of the residence and the dog started to lunge,” Stevens said. “I Tased him and it immobilized the dog enough so we could get out of the residence and the secure it with the dog inside.”

Animal Control Officer Wayne Atwood was called and is handling everything to do with the 1-year-old male pit bull, Stevens said. He was not available for immediate comment.

A NorthStar Emergency Medical Services ambulance out of Farmington had to shift down to Livermore Falls and arrived on the scene about 14 minutes after the call due to the Livermore-based ambulance was on a chest pain call in that town, Stevens said.

The boy was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Medical personnel tried to get LifeFlight Inc. of Maine but they couldn’t fly because of the weather, Stevens said.

The boy was in stable condition and in the operating room at 1:45 p.m., Stevens said.

The same dog attacked a family member at the residence, a teenager, on March 2. The teen was bitten in the face and arm and was also transported to CMMC, he said.

Stevens said he contacted Maine Department of Health and Human Services child protective agency to let them know what went on.

Police are conducting an investigation into the mauling, Lt. Thomas Gould said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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