Pit bull owner, Sue Tacket, arrested after dog mauls toddler in Commerce City

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The owner of a pit bull has been arrested after the dog mauled toddler Sunday evening in Commerce City.

Commerce City police said 51-year-old Sue Tacket was arrested Monday on investigation of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog. She was taken to the Adams County Detention Facility. Police said no other arrests are expected in the incident.

Tacket has not prior arrest history in Colorado, according to the state's arrest database.

The attacked happened at about 7:30 p.m., off U.S. Highway 85 and 62nd Avenue.

When police arrived, they found a 19-month-old boy had been severely bitten by a large, 90-pound pit bull.  The dog had been tethered to a pole, and when the child attempted to hug the dog, it attacked the boy, police said.

The child was among a group of individuals traveling across the country.  The group had set up a small camp in the parking lot to the south of the King Soopers.  The pitbull and its owner were also staying in the same location, but were not known to the other group.

The boy was rushed to Children's Hospital with serious injuries. Police said the toddler was in stable condition Monday and recovering from surgery for the injuries he sustained. 

Witnesses also described the dog as a pit bull.  Commerce City does have a vicious dog ordinance that bans pit pulls.

"I've seen dog bites but I've never seen a dog attack a baby," one of the transients said. "It's sad -- real sad."

Officers restrained the dog using catch-poles, though it continued to fight and be very aggressive toward them in the process, police said.  The dog was ultimately transported to the Adams County Animal Shelter where it died from asphyxiation which occurred during the restraint process.

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