A 4-year-old boy has life-threatening injuries after two dogs attacked a family on the Onondaga Nation, according to the Nedrow Fire Chief.
The boy’s two siblings – a 10-year-old brother and an 18-year-old sister – and his parents were also attacked and hospitalized, Fire Chief Harold Smith said.
The dogs – owned by the children’s grandmother – attacked the five family members for no apparent reason, according to Smith.
Sheriff’s Investigators say the 10-year-old and the 4-year-old were playing outside when the 4-year-old fell down.
While the child was on the ground, one of the 90-pound American bulldogs approached him.
When the 10-year-old lifted the younger boy off the ground, the dog attacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
During the attack, the second dog jumped in and bit the 4-year-old.
The boys’ 18-year-old sister intervened and tried to cover up the 4 year old, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
They say the children’s 30-year-old father was eventually able to kick the dogs away from the children.
The 10-year-old boy and the 18-year-old girl were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The 30-year-old man suffered severe injuries, but investigators do not believe his injuries are life threatening.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene on Webster Road around 10 a.m.
The dogs’ owner told Sheriff’s Deputies that they should shoot the dog.
Both dogs were shot, one by Sheriff’s Deputies and the other by Onondaga Nation Patrol officers.
The dogs are being taken to the health department to be tested for rabies.