Neighbor Shoots Dog That Attacked and Injured 6-Year-Old Boy

December 17, 2017 Updated: December 17, 2017

A 6-year-old boy is injured after he was attacked by a dog in northwest Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 16.

The child, whose name was not released, was playing outside his home on Anastasia Court when he was attacked around 4:30 p.m Saturday evening, according to NBC affiliate WCNC.

The dog, which was being walked by its owner, broke loose from its collar and pounced on the boy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

The child was sent to Carolinas Medical Center, where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

During the incident, a neighbor shot and killed the dog to stop the attack. According to WCNC, the dog was later pronounced dead and will be transported to a shelter for further testing of rabies.

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Authorities had not revealed the breed of the dog at the time of writing.

According to CBS affiliate WBTV, the dog’s owner was identified by authorities and citations will be issued. Animal Care and Control also said the dog had no previous history of violence.

The investigation is ongoing.

Recently, another incident involving a dog attack happened in Illinois when an elderly woman was mauled to death by a pit bull, forcing police to kill the animal.

The incident took place on Komensky Ave and 116th St. in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, Illinois.

The victim is a 77-year-old woman. The dog who attacked her was her pet, police said.

CBS Chicago reported that police were called to the home at around 3:30 p.m. after someone reported that a person was being attacked by a dog in the backyard.

The dog was aggressive when police arrived and had to be killed, Alsip police said.

There were no previous complaints involving the dog.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report. 

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