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Normandy Beach Boy, 3, Flown to Hospital After Being Bitten by Family Dog


Mastiff (Credit: Flickr Creative Commons)
Mastiff (Credit: Flickr Creative Commons)

A 3-year-old boy from the Toms River portion of Normandy Beach was flown to a trauma center after being bitten by his own family’s pet dog, police said.

The boy, who lives on the 100 block of 4th Avenue, was apparently playing with the animal in the kitchen when he suffered a serious bite to his face, according to Toms River police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

After initial first aid was rendered by Officers Chris Leighton and Dennis Mansfield, he was treated at the scene by Toms River EMS units and then subsequently transported by medevac helicopter to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden.


Both parents were in the home at the time of the incident, according to police.

Stocco said the dog was a type of mastiff, however he was unable to elaborate on the details of the breed.

Toms River animal control officers took the dog into custody for evaluation and observation, Stocco said.

  • Beach lover

    As the owner of a bullmastiff, it’s unfortunate what has happened to this poor little boy. However, it’s one of the gentlest breeds , good with children. It’s unfair to report ” a mastiff type dog” unless you know for sure what the dogs breed actually was. Have owned dogs of many different breeds all of my life and can attest this is one of the best breeds I’ve ever owned for children…..better than the Golden Retriever which bit my son 🙁