Pit bull mauls kids strapped in car seats inside minivan

Police in Pennsylvania say a pit bull escaped from its yard and somehow got into a minivan, attacking a 2-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy as they sat strapped into their car seats.

Lancaster police say the children’s mother managed to pull the animal off them with the help of neighbors and others.

The children are being treated for serious facial injuries.

Neighbors tell WGAL that the mother was trying to put the 2-year-old in the van, when the dog jumped in and attacked. It is believed the dog had been fenced in but managed to escape.

“We’re just pulling, and it’s raining, so it’s a slimy dog, pulling, we get it off once, and we’re yelling at the mom to get the kid and shut the door, it slipped away, and it pounced on the kid again,” witness Tom Grab said.

“We fought the dog and it just was still attacking, and still attacking, and it wasn’t attacking the adults, it was attacking the babies,” Marsha Jones said.

The mother was eventually able to flee and drive to a hospital.

No charges have been filed. The dog is in quarantine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

WEBVTT NEWS 8’S KATELYN SMITH COVERSLANCASTER AND JOINS US LIVE WITHTHE LATEST. KATELYN: POLICE SAY THEFIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY ANDTWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL HAVE SERIOUSFACIAL INJURIES.WE TALKED WITH NEIGHBORS WHO SAYTHEY TRIED TO STEPIN.THE NEIGHBORS TELL US THE MOMWAS TRYING TO THE 2-YEAR-OLD INTHE VAN WHEN A DOG JUMPED INTOTHE VAN AND STARTED ATTACKINGTHE 2-YEAR-OLD.THEY BELIEVE THE DOG HAD BEENFENCED IN BUT GOT OUT.THE DOG HAD NO COLLAR AND WASQUOTE, GOING FOR BLOOD.>> WE GET IT OFF ONE AND YELLINGAT THE MOM, GET THE CAR — GETTHE KID IN THE CAR AND SHUT THEDOOR.IT SLIPPED AWAY AND POUNCED ONTHE KID.>> WE THOUGHT THE DOG AND IT WASSTILL ATTACKING.IT WAS NOT ATTACKING THE ADULTS,IT WAS ATTACKING THE BABIES.KATELYN:NO CHARGES HAVE BEENFILED.THE NEIGHBORS WHO STEPPED INTELL US THE DOG WAS APET ALLBUT POLICE HAVE NOT CAN EARNTHAT.THEY SAY THEY ARE…

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