Boy, 2, attacked by dog at family friend's Crafton Heights home

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PITTSBURGH —

The family of a boy who was attacked by a dog inside of a Crafton Heights home said it doesn't understand why the dog's owners are permitted to keep it.

Phillip Dillard said his 2-year-old son was attacked Sunday morning at the Crucible Street home.

Dillard said they were staying with family friends when a pit bull bit his son's face.

“We were staying at a friend’s house and the dog bit him in his forehead and caused a pretty big laceration down to his skull,” Dillard said.

The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and was treated for an injury above his eye.

“It’s not the breed of the dog, it’s all how you raise them. I had one for nine years and you could jump on them, lay on them and he wouldn’t even growl or show teeth,” Dillard said.

Dillard said he is not upset with the dog, but wants to know why the owners of the dog are permitted to keep it. He said the owner did not have proof of vaccinations or health records.

“The dog has no rabies that she can prove, no license and she’s not even the legal guardian of the dog. So I don’t understand why she is able to keep this dog,” Dillard said.

Zone 6 police are investigating, and said the dog is quarantined in the owner’s house for 10 days.

“I just don’t understand that. He could have killed this baby,” Dillard said.