A Roto-Rooter serviceman is being credited with rescuing two children being attacked by a vicious dog in Sylmar.
Lt. Robert Pena, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation, said the boy and girl were in Tarzana Hospital Wednesday for treatment of bites to the head and neck, a day after they were pulled from the dog by the serviceman, Fred Duran, 30, of Sylmar. The childrens' names were not disclosed.
The childrens' uncle, Steve Gillis of Sylmar, said the the girl, 2, will undergo surgery today for possible nerve damage to her face and that the boy, 3, may need plastic surgery, but added that "they're doing fine, considering."
Duran said he was driving to a routine service call Tuesday morning when he passed two dogs staring at the the boy and girl, who were taking a walk with their grandmother. Duran said he made a U-turn and came upon the grandmother fighting off one dog as he attacked the boy.