A child is in serious condition after police say a pack of pit bulls attacked him on a First Nation in northern Manitoba.
Rescue workers found the boy surrounded by seven of the dogs in the early hours of Wednesday. RCMP say the boy’s mother was also at the residence, but didn’t see the attack, and was trying to get the dogs to leave.
RCMP spokeswoman Darcy Ellis said the two were bitten by the dogs as they tried to get the animals outside the home.
The boy suffered significant injuries to his face and his mother suffered puncture wounds to her hand.
The rescue workers went into the home to get the injured man to safety. Officers later recovered the dogs and destroyed them.
“Unfortunately, it took us some time because the fight was over,” Ellis said. “Unfortunately, there was damage done to our equipment.”
The boy was taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery.
“The child is in a serious condition and his prognosis is unknown at this time,” Ellis said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
An investigation into the incident is underway.
A smaller group of pit bulls was taken into custody earlier in the week on the Luthern First Nation and a search warrant was executed at another home. Ellis said the dogs’ owner faces several charges including failing to comply with a prohibition.
But police say the dogs involved in the attack are one of the same breeds that have been repeatedly cited.
Ellis said the police investigation is ongoing, but says the circumstances surrounding the incident still are not clear.
– By Dirk Meissner in Victoria