Boy attacked by dogs in E. Houston

March 29, 2011 2:31:17 PM PDT
Animal control officials have been called to a home in east Houston after a boy was attacked by his family's dog. An 11-year-old boy was letting himself into his family's fenced yard near Wilmer and Grace, east of downtown around 11:30am, where the two American Bulldogs were kept. According to Chris Newport with the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC), the larger dog, weighing about 130 pounds, began to attack the boy. The second dog, which weighs about 100 pounds, then began to attack the first dog.

Neighbors heard the commotion and rescued the boy. In all, four people were bitten.

Houston police were called, who in turn summoned animal control officers. The family turned both dogs over to animal control. They will be euthanized and tested for rabies.

The boy's mother took him to Hermann Hospital for treatment of bite wounds, mainly on his legs.

The family told animal control they hadn't had any previous problems with the dogs. The case remains under investigation. It's unclear if any citations will be issued.