A dog mauled a young boy Thursday evening, dragging the child across the lawn of his home until a neighbor smacked the animal with a board, police said.
The five-year-old boy was rushed to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, police spokesman Capt. Christopher Davis said. Davis described the injuries as “very significant.”
On Friday morning, police released a 911 call from the incident, which captures the frantic request for help.
A person could be heard screaming in the background. The caller asked the dispatcher if he could hear her screaming.
“Please, please, send something. Send some help,” the unidentified caller said.
For a period, the caller does not respond to the dispatcher. When the caller speaks again, she is heard saying: “A dog attacked a little child. Please, please send somebody. Please.”
Police said the dog belonged to the boy’s family at 27 Patriot Lane. It was taken to a local dog pound.
A neighbor told the Courant she had just pulled into her driveway and got out of her car when a woman at 27 Patriot Lane, which is directly across the street, came to the front door screaming frantically for the neighbor to call 911. The pit bull had the child in its jaws and was dragging it across the front stoop and over the front lawn, said the neighbor, who would not give her name.
The dog had blood all over its face and paws and the child’s head was a bloody mess, the woman said.
The neighbor said she called 911 and ran over, first with a broomstick, but she realized that would not be heavy enough to stop the dog. So she grabbed a two-by-four, about four or five feet long, from her garage and whacked the dog on the head, she said.
The dog stopped attacking the boy after she hit it, but continued snarling and circling the child, she said. The neighbor said she was terrified that the dog would attack her. Police pulled up at about that time and someone in the house managed to collar the dog and bring it inside, the neighbor said.
The woman said she just happened to be arriving home when the attack started.
“I’m glad that God had me home,” she said.