Thomas Carter Jr. was sleeping with his mother in their home in New Port Richey, The St. Petersburg Times reported. But Nichole Koezeno only realized the newborn had been mauled when she was wakened by a friend knocking on the door Wednesday morning.
The pit bull, named Sidon, was scheduled to be killed Thursday. After mauling the child, the dog got out and attacked another dog chained outside.
Denise Hilton, manager of Pasco County Animal Services, said Sidon was a male that had not been neutered, which may have contributed to the animal’s aggressive behavior. She said Sidon may also have had rabies.
“This animal should have never been allowed access to the room where this infant was,” Hilton said. “We have to protect children from animals being animals.”