Perkasie Police said Thursday they are investigating a dog attack that resulted in serious injuries to a 13-month-old girl, less serious injuries to her mother and a serious leg injury to a good samaritan who intervened to save the baby and fell on ice while struggling with the dog.
Police said they were called to the 400 block of Grandview Avenue in Perkasie in response to the attack just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“Officers arrived to find the 13-month-old female child with serious bite wounds to multiple areas of her body and her mother who had bite marks on her hands, arms and legs,” police said in a post published on their Crimewatch site.
Police said they have concluded that “the family’s dog was responsible for the injuries.”
After a neighbor heard screams coming from the home and responded to help with initial care, “a passing motorist stopped to help upon seeing the dog attacking the baby, with the mother trying unsuccessfully to stop the attack,” police said.
“This heroic man, who does not want to be identified at this time, interrupted the dog attack, saving the baby,” they added. “Unfortunately, he himself suffered a serious leg injury after falling on the ice and snow while struggling with the dog. He refused medical care until the injured child was treated.”
Police said the baby was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, where she underwent surgery and is now in critical condition.
The Perkasie Police Department said it is continuing to investigate the incident.
They neither identified the woman and child injured in the attack nor said where the dog blamed for it currently is being kept.
“Although it is early in the ivestigation, this case appears to be a tragic accident,” police said. “Further information will be posted as developments arise.”