5-Year-Old Boy Severely Mauled by Pack of Dogs, in Serious Condition

A child has been left in a serious condition after being attacked by a pack of dogs in Detroit, police said. The 5-year-old boy was mauled by three to four dogs at around 5 a.m. in the 9000 block of Longacre in Detroit.

An adult male was also injured while separating the dogs from the child. The child was taken to hospital by police, Fox News reported.

Detroit police are working to figure out how this happened and why. It is not yet known if anyone owns the dogs involved.

Nearly five million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year, according to the American Animal Hospital Association.

Earlier this year, a 6-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog in Hampton County, South Carolina.

Officers responded to a call regarding a child being mauled by a dog in Brunson on January 20, the Hampton County Sheriff's Office said in a press statement.

"On Wednesday afternoon, Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on Mullins Ford Rd in Brunson regarding a juvenile being attacked by a dog," officers said.

"Upon arrival at the incident location, officers located the 6 yr. old male child, who was deceased. Hampton County Animal Control also responded to the scene.

"The dog, a Pitbull breed, was located a short time later, apprehended by Hampton County Animal Control and has been euthanized. The case has been turned over to SLED [SC Law Enforcement Division]."

"It's very unfortunate and very sad and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," Preston Altman, assistant Hampton County coroner told WTOC.

Other serious dog attacks have occurred in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a Kentucky man said he was left "pretty chewed up" after being surrounded and attacked by three pit bull dogs while out walking in Louisville's Shawnee Park.

David Weaver, 62, suffered injuries across his entire body, including the face, back and lower torso, and was hospitalized after the unprovoked incident.

The man said his hands were mangled as he attempted to fight off the dogs, which had circled around him and attacked from all angles.

In another incident, a 10-year-old girl was taken to hospital in Oklahoma after being attacked and bitten by her neighbor's dogs.

The child needed stitches after sustaining wounds to her head, back, arms and legs and was treated for multiple body punctures after the incident, which took place at a residence in Oklahoma City.

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Detroit police said a 5-year-old was mauled by three to four dogs. Raymond Boyd/Getty