On May 27 at approximately 8 p.m., the 50-pound leashed dog pounced on Lopes and tore into his face after nipping the finger of his three-year-old sister, according to authorities and the Lopes family.
Jobie, the pit bull mix, is now in the hands of Animal Care & Control in Martin County, Florida where the dog’s owner resides. According to Palm Beach County, Florida Animal Care & Control Capt. David Walesky, the dog may receive a statewide classification of “dangerous,” but will not be euthanized.
The attack occurred as the Lopes family’s neighbor was walking Jobie, whom he was dog sitting, along with his own dog. The 3-year-old girl ran up to Jobie, who nipped her.
She escaped with only a minor injury. Nelson Lopes, the kids’ father, was with Nicholas and ran up to the neighbor to ask if the dog had its shots, which he said he did not know because the dog wasn’t his. That was when the dog attacked Nicholas.