A 5-year-old child was hospitalized in Colorado last Sunday after being bitten by a pet dog and suffering "deep cuts" to their face.

The incident took place in the living room of a home in the city of Aurora, when a recently-adopted pit bull breed, named Cotto, jumped from a couch and mauled the child's head unprovoked, leaving multiple severe lacerations.

The child's mother told KDVR her boyfriend recently adopted the dog from the Aurora Animal Shelter, which deemed it to be safe around children.

An Aurora Police Department (APD) police report obtained by 9news revealed a 24-year-old man seeking assistance flagged an officer down near East Mississippi Avenue and said he needed an escort to the Medical Center of Aurora for an injured child.

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