Thurston County boy airlifted to hospital with injuries from dog bite

A 4-year-old Thurston County boy was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Wednesday after being severely bitten in the face by his family’s pit bull, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the boy was in stable condition, and his injuries were not considered life threatening, although he will likely have to undergo several surgeries, Ziesemer added.

Sheriff’s deputies and medics were dispatched at 11:17 a.m. to the boy’s home in the 300 block of Trailblazer Street Southeast.

The boy was outside, and his 26-year-old mom was trying to put a harness on the dog so that it could go outside too, Ziesemer said. During the process, the boy stepped into the entry way and put his hand in front of the dog’s face, Ziesemer said.

“That apparently aggravated the dog, and since the dog was eye level with the boy, it attacked,” he said.

The mom also was bitten in the hand when she tried to get the dog off her child, Ziesemer said.

The 102-pound dog was seized by Animal Services, he said.

“The mom relinquished ownership of the dog to Animal Services,” Ziesemer said. “Typically, what will happen is they will euthanize the dog after they make sure rabies isn’t a factor.”

Susanne Beauregard, director of Thurston County Animal Services, said the dog was adopted two to four weeks ago by the family through an ad on Craigslist. It is believed to be about 1 1/2 years old.

“It’s a very sad thing for the little boy, and a terrible thing for the dog, too,” Beauregard said.