CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A Coral Springs mother and her two sons were recovering Friday from a vicious attack by their pit bull – an incident that ended when one of the children stabbing the dog to get it off his mother, police said.

The boys, ages 11 and 12, were in serious but not life-threatening condition after the dog, which the family was fostering, bit the children inside the home in the 2500 block of NW 106 Avenue, shortly before 2:20 pm, said Officer Chris Swinson, a spokesman for Coral Springs Police Department.

When the boys’ mother tried to get the dog off the 12-year-old, the dog attacked her as well.

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At that point, the 12-year-old, who was hurt from his attack, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the dog to finally get it to stop attacking his family.

“He was brave,” Swinson said.

The 11-year-old was bitten first, suffering cuts to his face. He was flown by helicopter to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

In trying to get the dog off his younger brother, the 12-year-old was then bitten in the back of his head. He, too, was taken to the same hospital by ambulance.

And, according to police, when the mother rushed to get the dog off the 12-year-old, the dog bit her hand and arm. She was taken to the hospital as well but it wasn’t clear which facility.

The dog was treated for the stabbing at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Swinson said.

Once the dog is released from the hospital, the dog will be under the care of the police department’s Humane Unit, which will determine if the dog is a threat to the community, and if so, the dog could be euthanized.

The family had fostered the dog since at least July.

What led the dog to attack the family is under investigation, Swinson said.

Read an earlier version of the story here


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