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.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.