A 5-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a pit bull Wednesday afternoon, and after the dog was aggressive toward police officers and lunged at them, the animal was shot and killed.

According to Shane Scoggins of the Floyd County Police Department:

Five-year-old Dylan Farris was playing with some other children in his yard on Friar Tuck Road around 4 p.m. The mother of one of the boys said the pit bull approached and suddenly jumped up and bit Dylan in the face, causing some deep lacerations and gashes around his eyes.

The child was taken to Floyd Medical Center for treatment, where officials said he was still being treated Wednesday night.

Scoggins responded to the area and found the dog walking around Doncaster Drive, and he followed it around the neighborhood while waiting for backup units and Animal Control officers.

The dog was contained in a fenced-in backyard briefly before it got out and continued to run around the neighborhood. Scoggins and Capt. George Lemming eventually found the dog in a garage in the 300 block of Robin Hood Road. When the animal aggressively jumped at the two officers, Lemming shot it.

Animal Control officers came to get the animal and said it would be taken for rabies testing. There was no collar, tags or identifying information on the dog.

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