A boy was seriously injured in Dover after he was brutally attacked by a pack of dogs on Tuesday.
Officers arrived and located a severely injured 12-year-old boy while the dogs remained at large in the area.
A Dover officer fired shots at the dogs due to their continued aggressive behavior but did not strike them.
Additional officers and Dover Animal Control arrived on scene to assist with keeping the victim and medical personnel safe so the child could be removed from the scene and transported to the hospital.
The three dogs continued to remain at large until officers located them and were forced to euthanize them with their service weapons due to their continued aggression.
The child suffered severe injuries and was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for treatment.
While the child’s injuries have been determined to not be life-threatening, the child is being transported to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital for further treatment due to severity of his wounds.
The dogs (two Cane Corsos and one undetermined possible mixed breed) belonged to a family member of the child victim. The investigation is ongoing at this time.