Young boy in critical condition after pit bull attack

By Heartland News

BUSH, IL (KFVS) - A five-year-old boy was flown to a St. Louis hospital and was listed in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon after being attacked by two pit bulls, according to Williamson County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Thomas.

Thomas said the dogs attacked the boy around noon Friday at Village Park in Bush.  The boy's nine-year-old brother was with him, but Thomas said their mother had left to go to their nearby home for refreshments.  On her way back to the park, the victim's brother ran to her screaming that his brother was being attacked by a dog.

The mother was able to knock the dogs off her son and grab him, while a Bush city employee who saw the attack drove the city truck toward the dogs to scare them away.

A Hurst police officer soon arrived and shot both dogs, Thomas said.  One dog was killed while the other ran off.

According to a separate witness, the second dog charged the officer at one point.

Williamson County Animal Control officers later found the other dog and it was euthanized.

The boy was taken to the Herrin emergency room with bits over his entire face, head and body.  He was later flown to a St. Louis hospital.

Thomas said investigators have identified the owner of both dogs, and both dogs will be tested for rabies.  The dogs were identified as pit bull breed mix.  Meanwhile, the attack remains under investigation.

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