OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A 6-year-old girl was recovering Wednesday from serious injuries she suffered when a pit bull attacked her at a family friend's Oceanside apartment.
The child and her younger sister were taken to the residence in the 100 block of Canyon Drive on Tuesday by their father, who left them alone inside with the terrier and a German shepherd while he went outside with friends to get groceries from a car, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., the adults returned to find the pit bull mauling the older girl, Mata said. They pulled the dog off of her and called paramedics, who took the victim to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego for treatment of extensive bite wounds to her face and head.
Humane Society personnel took custody of the terrier, which was expected to be euthanized.
Detectives with the Oceanside Police Department's Family Protection Unit were investigating the attack.
"Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the father could face criminal charges related to leaving the children alone in the apartment with the animals," the lieutenant said.
The owner of the pit bull was not home when the animal went after the child, according to Mata.
The mauling was the second serious dog attack to occur in the San Diego area within two weeks.
On June 14, a pit bull fatally injured an infant in a Lemon Grove apartment, according to sheriff's officials.
The male dog that attacked 8-month-old Tyzhel McWilliams at his mother's West Street residence was put down five days later. Detectives were reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether to recommend any criminal charges over the boy's death, sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said.
A touching show of solidarity was on display Sunday as the body of fallen San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson returned to San Diego.
A small plane crashed and burned in an El Cajon parking lot shortly after takeoff Sunday, sending three people to a hospital.
One person was killed and at least two others injured in a two-car crash on Old Highway 395 near Pala Mesa Resort on Sunday.
A driver's license and drunken driving checkpoint in Poway resulted in four arrests, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
Despite recent windy, dry conditions, some San Diegans were treated to cool weather, and in some areas, light sprinkles this weekend.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.