Veronica De La Cruz

TV anchor’s son recovering from surgery after vicious dog mauling

A California news anchor’s 4-year-old boy was hospitalized Monday for injuries sustained when a close friend’s dog attacked the child.

According to the San Francisco Chroncile, Veronica De La Cruz, host of “Bay Area Nightbeat” on the local CW television station, asked her Facebook fans on Monday to send prayers for her son, who’s recovering from the incident.

“Prayers for my son who was mauled by a dog this morning. I’m a total wreck of a mom right now and could use your support. Thank you.”

De La Cruz’s son, Hartley, was attacked in the head by a Catahoula Cur, a herding breed of which individual dogs can weigh anywhere from 50 to 95 pounds while measuring up to 2 feet tall. The paper reports that the boy had known the animal for years prior to the brutal encounter.

Hartley underwent operations on Monday and Tuesday, including a possible procedure on his eye, according to social media posts by De La Cruz that have since been removed.

The devoted mother revised her message Wednesday, asking supporters to attend a charity gala for Hope For Hearts Foundation while she keeps watch over Hartley.

“Helping me help them will take one more thing off my plate so I can focus on my own baby,” De La Cruz wrote.

De La Cruz’s original Facebook post revealed at least some relief that her son’s “CT scan was clear, no brain bleed.”

“Thank you all for the love and support,” the message continued. “Please keep praying for Hartley’s full recovery.”

[Feature Photo: Veronica De La Cruz/ Facebook]