Pit bull bites 3-year-old’s face in Puyallup

A 3-year-old boy bitten on the face Monday by a pit bull is recovering after reconstructive surgery, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy suffered injuries to his eye, cheekbone, chin and face.

Sheriff’s deputies deemed the dog, Tuffy, dangerous and told the 56-year-old owner he must surrender the pit bull by April 28.

The attack took place at a home in the 11400 block of Valley Avenue East in Puyallup when several friends came to help the dog’s owner move.

Two Labrador retrievers and the pit bull were present when the boy and his mother arrived. The pit bull walked up to the child and “latched onto his face,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The boy’s mother dug her fingers into the dog’s eye sockets to get him to let go of the child, he said. The dog was secured outside while someone called 911.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653