By Jessica Vallejo

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mother and her two boys were attacked Friday afternoon by their pitbull in Coral Springs. One of the boys suffered severe facial injuries and had to be airlifted.

Police said their fostered pitbull at some point became violent and attacked the boys and the mother, as she intervened.

“The pitbull attacked the 11-year-old and that’s when the 12-year-old intervened. The dog then took his attention off the 12-year-old. He alerted their mother. The mom came out got involved and the pitbull turned on her. When the pitbull started attacking the mom, the 12-year-old grabbed a knife and stabbed the dog,” said Chris Swinson, a police officer with Coral Springs Police Department.

Police said the dog was secured inside the home and then transported to Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

The 11-year-old was airlifted to Broward General, as he suffered severe injuries to his face.

The mother and 12-year-old boy were treated on the scene and are in stable condition.

It is still unknown as to why the dog attacked, but a neighbor said it was shocking.

“The father is a dog trainer. I have seen him hanging out with the dog out on the porch. None of his dogs have ever attacked a person,” said Guido Telmosse.

Police say the dog will be quarantined for a period of two weeks, after being treated.

The investigation continues.

Jessica Vallejo

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