Dothan, Al. (WSFA) -- A 4-year old child is being treated at a Dothan hospital today after being mauled by a dog. The Dothan Police and Fire Departments responded to 601 South Ussery Street where theMore >>
Dothan, Al (WSFA) -- Officials with Southeast Alabama Medical Center tell WSFA 12 News that the young child viciously attacked by a pitbull Wednesday is in good condition and is "recovering well"
The 4-year old child was attacked by a pit bull while he was playing in the backyard of a Dothan home.
Dothan police tell us the dog is being tested, and once those tests are complete they will meet with animal control officials to determine what steps to take next.
The attack left Elaine Walton in shock. "With that other one I never thought this would happen cause they were raised with these boys," said Walton, who lives in the same residence with the child.
She was inside her house on South Ussery street when her neighbor called to say the boy who lived with his parents in the apartment above the house was outside crying.
"When I went outside the pit bull had the baby's head in it's mouth," said Walton.
Animal control officers picked up the dog and confined it at a local shelter.
They also picked up another dog from the same residence.
Neighbors said the dogs often barked at people, but had never bitten anyone before.
"Like I said I've never had a problem with them," said Nina fryer, who lives across the street.
Knowing the victim was such a young and defenseless child made it even worse for Fryer.
"Definitely, I'm always concerned when kids are involved. And the fact that the dogs attacked a child, that's terrible but we'll keep him in our prayers," said Fryer.
The child and his family were familiar with the dog and his owners. At this time it is still uncertain what provoked the dog to attack the child.
WSFA 12 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.