Dog critically hurts 2-year-old Springfield girl, bites father in face

Dog critically hurts 2-year-old Springfield girl, bites father in face

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A 2-year-old Springfield girl and her father were attacked by a family dog Sunday night, leaving the toddler in critical condition at a Portland hospital, Springfield Police said.

Springfield Police dispatchers received a call about a large dog attacking a toddler at around 5:50 p.m. Sunday at a house in the 1100 block of Olympic St. in Springfield.


The dog bit the girl's father in the face as he was trying to rescue his child, officials said.

Springfield Police said the dog was " a large, adult male Pit Bull."

Emergency staff took the girl to McKenzie Willamette Hospital. She was then flown by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland where she's listed in critical condition.

No word from police on the father's condition.

Springfield Police officers said a second dog was at the scene growling at the child, but it did not bite the girl or her father.

Brian Austin with Springfield Animal Control said both dogs are in quarantine Monday, and he said authorities expect both will be put down.

Neighbors and people who say they knew the dog and family suggested that it was not the family's pit bull who attacked, but rather the family's other dog instead.

Both Springfield Police and Brian Austin with Animal Control maintain the pit bull was the one who attacked the toddler.

Police are still getting statements from family members, who are looking after the little girl in Portland.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.