A little two-year-old-boy was brutally attacked leaving his face ripped and gashed by a six-year-old Labrador mix that had no prior attacks on record. Kaidyn Sutton was with his mom at Primrose Park in French Valley, California when the dog seemingly came out of nowhere and attacked the toddler, according to KTLA News on Nov. 15.
His mom, who was close by to her son as he played at the park, ran to her son, who was screaming in fear and pain when the dog latched onto him. The mom was with her friend who tried to pull the unknown dog off the child.
They ran to the car with Kaidyn in mom’s arms and drove to the hospital. The little boy suffered “serious injuries to his face,” according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services officials.
NBC News reports that Kaidyn was running around and playing in the grass when the dog suddenly appeared, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. The dog latched on to the child’s face and just wouldn’t let go.
The boy’s grandfather, Glenn Garret, was shocked over the damage he saw on his grandson’s face. Garret said that the dog obviously had to show aggression at some time in the past after attacking his grandson with the amount of aggression he displayed. “You think dog bite, but when you see the pictures, he’s mutilated. He’s really torn to shreds,” said Garret.
At first witnesses described the dog as a “black Rottweiler,” but the friend of the boy’s mother, who helped remove the dog off the child, identified the Labrador later in the day. This attack happened about 3 p.m. on Friday as one minute the dog wasn’t there and then all of the sudden it appeared.
It is not as if the Lab was hanging around the kids playing at the park, as the mother said, “it seemingly came out of nowhere.” The original report had Kaidyn with his grandparents at the park, but he was with his mom and her friend.
Kaidyn’s father, who is an Army official and stationed at Camp Pendleton, flew home when he was told of the attack. He is pictured above comforting his toddler who was ripped apart by this dog.
The injuries that Kaidyn endured were mostly on his face. The tendon that moves his eyebrow was so badly damaged, it may not work right again. The bloody gash he received on his forehead above his eyes might cause Kaidyn problems making facial expressions in the future.
Kaidyn underwent surgery for the doctors to try and repair the tendon over his eyebrow. It is not known if Kaidyn will make a full recovery from this attack with his facial muscles. He could be left with permanent damage to his face. He will likely require more surgery in the future.
The six-year-old Lab mix does not have a record with the animal control in the area and no prior attacks are noted. Dexter was impounded and will stay at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus until a hearing decides his fate. They will determine if the dog is safe enough to return to its owner.