Family dog attacks infant's face

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - A family dog attacked a baby boy's face Thursday morning, sending the child to Portland for reconstructive surgery.

"The infant was crying and had blood pouring from his head and face," said Chief Don Brown, who arrived on scene at 9:39 a.m. "I could see deep lacerations around the infant's left eye and cheek."

Emergency personnel arrived on scene moments after Brown and started treating the 9-month-old, he said.

The cause of the attack is still under investigation.

An ambulance took the boy to Mercy Hospital in Roseburg. He was later transported to Legacy Emanuel Hopsital in Portland for surgery to reconstruct his face, Brown said. Medics said the boy would be fine but needed his face stitched back together, he added.

The family dog involved in the attack is a 4-year-old pitbull mix, Brown said.

The dog is being held at the Myrtle Creek City Pound under lock and key.

The dog is held for 10 days for observation. The case on the dog is referred to animal control and the health department, Brown said.

Brown said the dog owner does not face criminal charges. However, he said his department would forward the case to child services workers for review.