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Two Separate Pit Bull Attacks in Oakland County, One Child & Grandparent Injured, One Man Dead

(Oakland County Times, May 20, 2024)

Farmington Hills, Wixom, MI – Two families have been impacted by pit bull attacks over the past week.

On May 15 at about 9pm Wixom Police responded to a report of a homeowner and their one year old grandchild being attacked by the family’s two pit bulls. According to police “Upon arrival, Wixom officers encountered the homeowner and their grandchild, who had both sustained injured from the pit bulls. The one year old sustained bites to her face, forehead, lower back and leg, resulting in severe lacerations. Wixom Fire Department personnel attended to the child, who was transported to Ascension Providence Hospital in Novi. The child was ultimately transferred to the University of Michigan, CS Mott Children’s Hospital where the child is in critical condition awaiting surgery. The homeowner was treated on scene for injuries sustained and refused transport to the hospital.”

A release by Farmington Hills Police explains the fatal mauling that happened on Saturday evening:

“On Saturday, May 18, 2024, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Farmington Hills Police Department responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Elmgrove St. on a report of an injured man who had been attacked by a family dog.

“A family member of the resident called 911 to report that he went to his relative’s home after not hearing from him all day, and upon arrival, the family member found the man unconscious, laying on the ground in the backyard of the home with the dog pulling at his body. The family member advised that he had separated and contained the dog in the house prior to calling 911. There were no other people in the house.

“When officers arrived on scene, they found a 40-year-old man unconscious with significant wounds consistent with animal bites. Farmington Hills Fire Department firefighter/paramedics arrived on scene, provided aid and transported the victim to Corewell Hospital Farmington Hills, where he ultimately succumbed to his wounds.

“The Oakland County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, which ruled the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death as K-9 mauling. The dog, which has been turned over to the Oakland County Animal Control, is believed to be a Pitbull mix.”

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