The pit bull terrier that attacked two kids in car seats in a minivan outside their Lancaster home will be euthanized next week, according to Lancaster city police.
A 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl suffered serious facial injuries after the dog broke through a fence and attacked them in the car, police said.
The owner is voluntarily euthanizing the dog, a 66-pound, 5-year-old male pit bull terrier, according to Lt. Bill Hickey.
The girl is being released from Hershey Medical Center today. The boy is still in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit, Hickey said.
The dog is currently quarantined at the owner's High Street home, Hickey said. Lancaster city police's dog enforcement Officer Yadira Garcia and county dog warden Travis Hess went to the home Wednesday to confirm the dog was properly quarantined, he said.
The quarantine, a precautionary time after an attack to see if a dog has rabies, lasts for 10 days.
"After any bite, no matter now minor, we quarantine the dog," he said.
Hess said the dog has to be inside the home or locked inside a chain-link kennel outside. The quarantine started the day of the attack and will end June 30. That day Hess will go back to the home and lift the quarantine so the dog can be euthanized, he said.
The attack happened Monday evening after the dog broke through a fence in a yard in the 700 block of High Street. He jumped into the minivan parked behind a home in the 700 block of Lafayette Street, according to police.
The children's mother pulled the dog from the van with the help of several others in the area, police said.
Both children suffered puncture wounds mostly in their faces, Hickey said.
The dog owner, who has not been named, is cooperating with police, according to Hickey.
"The investigation is continuing," Hickey said. "Any charges would be brought by the investigating officer, Lt. Phil Berkheiser, at the appropriate time."
Berkheiser told LNP Thursday that any potential charges would likely be filed after the dog is euthanized and after the police investigation has concluded.
"We hope to have it wrapped up by the end of the month," Berkheiser said, mentioning police are processing additional reports they received this week.
A statement released by Scott Gilbert, spokesperson for Hershey Medical Center, indicated the family appreciates "the outpouring of encouragement and support for their children."
The family plans to set up a fundraising account to help pay for the children's short and long-term medical expenses, the statement read.