6-month-old attacked by dog while getting diaper changed

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KAKE) -

A California family says their 6-month-old baby is lucky to be alive after suffered severe injuries in a dog attack.

The attack left Adaliah Fritz with a large laceration and a punctured skull. KERO reports the child's injuries were so severe that she had to undergo brain surgery.

The girl's father said he adopted the Dogo Argentino to save it from being taken to a shelter. 

"The dog came into my work everyday with its owner," Bobby Fritz said. "We thought we were doing the right thing by helping this guy out. I was very familiar with this dog and we brought it home and everything was fine."

He said the dog took well to his wife and three kids and never imagined that less than 24 hours later his good deed would end in the severe injury of his baby.

Fritz says his wife was changing the child's diaper and turned away only for a matter of seconds when their daughter was attacked.

Animal services says the dog will be quarantined for 10 days. If it's not claimed at the end of the quarantine period, it will be euthanized. 

Fritz is warning parents to be careful when bringing unfamiliar animals around children.

"I see posts all the time of people taking dogs in off the street." he said. "Call the animal shelter. There's no-kill shelters. Call whoever you can but if you have kids be very, very, very cautious."