A mother and son staying at a Grand Island home were taken to the hospital Monday after being attacked by a pit bull.
Police say the dog attacked Kayla Shoestring and her son Hayden around 5 p.m. on W. North Front Street.
The neighbor caddy–corner to the house where the pit bull lived had security cameras that caught the whole attack.
"His [Hayden] mother woke to screaming and went outside to see him being bit by a male pit bull and push him into the house for his safety and then started running to his neighbors to get help," said Laurie Dethloff, executive director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society.
The neighbors weren't home and 4-year-old Hayden had to use a broom to get the dog to stop attacking his mother.
The severity of the attack was a surprise to many. "Every now and then you have a dog attack that should leave a bite or something like that. Some like this, in my experience is very rare," said Butch Hurst with the Grand Island Police Department.
Glenda Aguilar, the owner of the pit bull was likewise surprised. "It was such a shock. I didn't recognize it. He was not the dog I raised from 4 weeks old. It was not that dog."
"Something happened to him. God knows and we have to leave it in his hands," said Aguilar.
Dethloff offered an opinion on what might have triggered the attack, "The biggest trigger we feel was not being spayed or neutered and that the female maybe have been coming, or is in season, which would create a male having more dominant tendencies."
The pit bull was taken to the Central Nebraska Humane Society and was put down on Tuesday.
Kayla and Hayden were taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the attack. Kayla was then transported to Bryan LGH West hospital in Lincoln and is now in fair condition. Hayden remained at Saint Francis Hospital and is in stable condition.