Family surrenders pit bull after infant attack
Tragedy: Household pet severely bites 11-month-old in her head and face

By Johnny Johnson Modified: August 1, 2008 at 5:57 am •  Published: August 1, 2008
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MUSKOGEE — Police have identified a Muskogee toddler and her mother, one day after the family’s pit bull terrier attacked the 11-month-old, causing severe puncture wounds to her head and face.

Leesa Isabella Gray was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center Wednesday night after being severely bitten in the head and face by a 50-pound pit bull terrier, according to an animal bite report.

The child’s mother, Sandy Mitchell, told police that her daughter was sitting next to a bed when the dog suddenly attacked.

The dog ran away as the mother ran toward it to stop the attack, the report said. Police noted that Leesa had puncture wounds on her head and face. The girl was treated and released from the hospital.

Mitchell told police that her dog’s rabies vaccinations were not current, and she relinquished custody of the dog at the scene.

The animal was euthanized Thursday morning, authorities said.

Officials are awaiting rabies test results.

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Boy's mauling being explored
Police still are trying to determine why a 3-month-old black Labrador retriever puppy attacked and killed 2-month-old Zane Earles of Tulsa. He apparently was left in an infant swing in the dining room while the child's mother and grandmother were both asleep.

A private funeral for the child will be held at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel in Tulsa.

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