Family dog attacks 4-year-old boy in North Philadelphia

The boy is hospitalized and is expected to be okay.

Andrew Kramer
May 29, 2018 - 7:37 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A young boy is recovering after police say he was attacked by the family dog Monday afternoon.

Police say it happened on Shelbourne Street in Philadelphia's Juniata Park neighborhood. The 4-year-old was rushed to St. Christopher's Hospital.

"He bit most of his skin off, and his neck looks very bad," a neighbor said.

Although neighbors who spoke with CBS 3 Eyewitness News say the child did not appear to be in good condition after the attack, he is expected to be okay.

Police say after the attack, a man shot and killed the dog.

A neighbor told CBS News, "I watched the dog let go of the child. He was all happy. His tail wagged, and then a person came out and he just shot the dog."

One neighbor said that is a good thing. "He's keeping the neighborhood safe," he said. "If nobody came out, imagine that dog going home. He's going to do it to somebody else."

Police have not yet said who that person is. A man who said he was sorry he couldn't get there sooner was handcuffed on the scene.

Authorities have not yet said why that man was in handcuffs and say nobody is in custody at this time.