PICTURED: Colorado boy, 12, savaged by his pit bull named DIABLO in attack that also saw his grandma, 89, mauled to death
- Ty, 12, is in recovery after he was attacked by two pit bulls that later mauled his 89-year-old grandma on September 14
- The 12-year-old was airlifted to a local hospital in Golden, Colorado after police found him critically injured
- Mary Gehring, 89, was also transported to the hospital but later died from her injuries on Sunday
- Ty’s father said the dog that attacked his son is named Diablo, which translates to devil
A 12-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after his pet pit bull Diablo – Spanish for devil – mauled him in an attack that also killed his grandmother.
Ty and Mary Gehring, his 89-year-old grandmother, were attacked by the 12-year-old’s dog on September 14.
Diablo has lived with Ty since he was just five-years-old – ever since his parents divorced seven years ago.
Ty’s dad, who does not want to be identified, called the hound a ‘sweetheart’ while struggling to comprehend the details of the attack.
‘They grew up together that’s why I have a hard time believing that he was any kind of aggressor,’ his dad told Fox 31. ‘For the years that I have known that dog, he was a sweetheart.’
Ty is now recovering from puncture wounds, lacerations and broken pinkies after being airlifted to the hospital last week.
Gehring succumbed to her injuries two days later on September 16.
Ty is recovering from puncture wounds, lacerations and broken pinkies. He was airlifted to the hospital last week after being attacked by the dog he had for seven years
‘They grew up together that’s why I have a hard time believing that he was any kind of aggressor,’ his dad told Fox 31 . ‘For the years that I have known that dog, he was a sweetheart’
Ty ran to get help from his next-door neighbor on the day of the attack. Police arrived at the home located at 15712 West 1st Ave in Golden minutes later
Upon arrival, police found the 12-year-old and his grandma with serious injuries
The boy’s father has attempted to piece the attack together and mentally played back when he heard Ty was in the hospital.
‘I get a call from my sister while I’m boarding a plane that Ty was attacked by a dog and that there was a serious injury and he was [air lifted] to the Children’s Hospital,’ his father said.
He later added: ‘When my son was able to talk, I asked him how his grandma was doing and he completely broke down.’
On the day of the attack, Ty ran to get help from his next-door neighbor. Police arrived at the home located at 15712 West 1st Ave in Golden, Colorado to find the grandma and boy with ‘serious injuries from an attack by two pit bull dogs,’ police said.
Officers found blood from the home leading into the backyard, where the dogs were still mauling the grandmother.
They used stun guns, but weren’t able to pull the dogs off her until back up arrived.
Ty, 12, is in recovery after he was attacked by two pit bulls on September 14. One of the pit bulls in the attack has been in the family for years and was called a ‘sweetheart’ by the boy’s father
Both victims were immediately taken to the hospital.
Ty’s dad remains clueless about what went wrong, especially after he made his ex-wife extensively research whether Diablo was a ‘fight breed’ before they got the dog seven years ago.
His father called Ty and his grandmother ‘best friends’ as struggles to understand the sequence of events that led to the attack..
‘That was his best friend. Ty just got baptized from his grandma recently, and she has a very active role in his life. She was a very good influence. His grandma was one of the kindest people that you would ever meet in real life.