UPDATE: Toddler Hospitalized After Pit Bull Mix Attack; Parents Face Child Endangerment Charges

The 2-year-old boy is being treated at Oakland Children's Hospital for severe lacerations to his head and face. Once released, he will be placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.


Updated 4:35 p.m.

The parents of a Castro Valley toddler who was severely injured after being attacked by the family dog, face criminal charges of child endangerment according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office authorities.

Sgt. JD Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said that a 2-year-old boy suffered severe lacerations to his head and face and may need surgery but is expected to survive.

According to Nelson, the attack occurred in the 2100 block of Gary Dr. right after 2 a.m. Deputies responded to a call from the boy's parents around 3:30 a.m.

The boy was initially sent to in Castro Valley before being transfered to Oakland Children's Hospital.

Nelson said when deputies arrived at the family's home, they found the house unsanitary and dangerous for habitation with animal feces and hazardous items within a child's reach. Once released from the hospital, Child Protective Services will take custody of the toddler, according to Nelson.

Both parents are facing criminal charges of child endangerment due to the condition of their home.

The boy's mother, Brandi Gomes, 30, was initially arrested but then released to to get treated for injuries. It is unclear on whether the injury was received during the dog attack. The boy's father, Jared Perkins, 37, was arrested and sent to Santa Rita Jail.

currently have the 6-year-old pit bull/German Shepard mix under quarantine in Dublin. Nelson said it will be checked for the rabies virus and then go to a vicious dog hearing within the next 30 days.

Nelson told the Oakland Tribune that investigators have received conflicted stories from the boy's parents about the location of the attack and are still working to piece together what happened. Deputies were told the attack may have occurred somewhere in the house but investigators were unable to find evidence, such as "blood," relating to this claim.

This is the second East Bay dog attack that has happened within 24 hours.

She was attacked in front of a home in the 4300 block of Rose Lane in Concord. Officials say the euthanized dog’s tissues are being tested for rabies. Results will arrive in a few days.

Both children continue to be treated at Oakland Children’s Hospital while the attacks remain under investigation.


David May 10, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Dogs are like people in many ways. If you mistreat a dog from puppyhood on, it is more likely to be aggressive, maladjusted, etc. But even if you treat a dog well from puppyhood on, there are still those that become aggressive. And of course, many puppies that are mistreated grow up to be fine dogs. I'm not sure what kind of parents these people are, but from the article it appears they aren't good ones to their own child or to their dog. Despite Marga's and Leah's best efforts though, you can't require people to have a license before breeding.
Leah Hall May 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Point taken. Hopefully public awareness will make a dent in the problem. Buy a pet on Craig's list from a backyard breeder, or a pet store (which are supplied by puppy mills) then we are merely perpetuating the market and a cruel cycle. Adopt a pet from an organization like the SPCA, whose mission is animal welfare, then you will get detailed information on the habits and personality of the dog. These animals undergo extensive health and behavioral evaluation by professional veternarians as well. Here are a few dogs up for adoption that my daughter and I met last week (we'll see them again tonight): Daysi (striking and gentle) http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22905312?rvp=1 Paola (attrative and anxious to please) http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22811155?rvp=1 Pumpkin (put on your jogging shoes and get ready to boogie, canine style) http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22551712 Rocky (a handsome sweetheart ready for action!) http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22772290?rvp=1
Leah Hall May 11, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Just back from our training session at the East Bay SPCA. They have this volunteer stuff down and the animals up for adoption are adorable. Paola was taking a walk with a handler and putting on the charm as we wrapped up.....
Leah Hall May 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thank you, East Bay! The following "pit bull" versions of man's best friend at the East Bay SPCA have a great high note upon which we might end this string... Daysi, Pumpkin, and Rocky have been matched with responsible and loving homes. Paola is waiting her perfect match. Fingers crossed.
Rob Rich May 12, 2012 at 02:45 AM
A local jurisdiction may elect to require dog owners to spay/neuter their pets, or register as breeders & demonstrate competence, under public health, safety & welfare powers. Pits can be beautiful animals but they suffer from a weird kind of popularity that lands them with horrible owners with frightening frequency.


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