(NECN: Julie Loncich, Fitchburg, Mass.) - It was a scary afternoon Friday for a family in Fitchburg, Mass. when a pit bull attacked a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.
It came into police as a frantic 911 call. A 32-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter were attacked by a pit bull in a hallway inside 191 High Street in Fitchburg.
"This is not something that sits well with anybody in public safety. Especially when a child is injured," Fitchburg Police Sgt. Glenn Fossa said. "Fortunately, medical reports indicate the child is okay and the mom will recover."
Police say the mother sustained serious injuries to her forearm. Her young child had injuries to her ear and head. Both were taken to UMass Medical.
"It's a shame. Pretty sad it happened. A pit bull. Anything can be expected with that kind of dog, you know?" Alberto Perez, a neighbor, said.
There was no answer at the home where police say the attack occurred, but neighbors say they have seen the dog before.
"Sometime they put him back there. That's in the summertime. Lately they got him inside all the time," Perez said.
Police say the dog did not belong to the victims; instead, they believe someone in this home was watching the dog as its owner is incarcerated.
"If it were me I wouldn't have it here. Sometimes we have kids here. I don't want to have it here," Perez said.