NEWS
03/31/2016 15:26 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Dog bit boy in sudden attack, police say

A boy who suffered multiple wounds in a dog attack Wednesday night was playing outside with his neighbour's dog when it suddenly turned on him, according to police.

Police and paramedics were called to a home on Conlins Road near Good Road, in the Morningside and Highway 401 area, around 6 p.m. Wednesday for reports that a dog had grabbed a boy and wouldn't let go.

An eight-year-old boy and his father were looking after a neighbour's dog, police said Thursday, and the boy had gone outside to play with the animal when it unexpectedly attacked the child.

The boy suffered multiple bite wounds and was taken to hospital Wednesday evening for treatment. Although police said Wednesday the dog had grabbed the boy by his neck, he didn't actually suffer wounds to his neck or head.

When police arrived at the scene, they managed to get the dog away from the boy. However, the animal then attacked officers and one officer shot the dog dead.

Officers at the scene said the dog appeared to be a pit bull, but police could not confirm that on Thursday afternoon.

No charges will be laid in the incident, according to police.

Toronto Animal Services has the dog's body in custody and has notified Toronto Public Health, which is required when a dog or cat has bitten a person, according to manager Elizabeth Glibbery.

The agency could not comment further due to the ongoing police investigation.