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Police: Babysitter lied about dog attacking boy

Posted: 8:33 PM, Mar 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-16 02:09:25Z

Police were searching for a black dog that attacked a 7-year-old boy Monday, but investigators now say the dog belonged to the child's babysitter the entire time.

The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Monday at 2420 13th Ave.

Greeley Police said the boy was with his caregiver, 54-year-old Patricia Castillo, and holding something like treats or a bone, when a black dog tried to snatch what was in the boy's hand. The sitter said the loose dog ran off after the attack.

Police went to the house to find the boy with severe injuries and numerous puncture wounds. He was taken to North Colorado Medical Center with bite wounds to his head, neck and ear.

"This part was bloody and then she even took her jacket off because his wasn't enough to hold the blood," said neighbor, Petra Diaz who witnessed the aftermath. "The man that lives there went inside and brought her a towel."

Greeley Police said he was expected to be released Monday night.

Officers spent the evening looking for the dog responsible, and police told Denver7 on Monday night that Castillo's story didn't match the boy's.

Denver7 saw Greeley Animal Control show up at the house before 9 p.m. and issued the homeowner what looked like a ticket or summons.

Greeley Police confirmed Tuesday morning that Castillo's story didn't match the evidence and the attack happened at the babysitter's house. The dog behind the attack was never missing, police say. Castillo is being charged with giving false information to police.

Police say the owner of the dog is Robert Castillo, 48. He was issued a citation for child abuse or negligence resulting in injury, owning an aggressive/vicious animal and failing to provide information regarding proof of rabies vaccination. 

The dog was seized and placed on quarantine for 10 days.