Family: Grambling 7-year-old was attacked by mastiff, not pit bull

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - Update: 12:55 PM

KNOE has spoken with a family member who says she was there at the time of the attack. She shared a different version of events with us.

The family member says the dog that attacked the child was not a pit bull; it was a mastiff.

She also says father of the child was supervising the child who was playing outside. The child tried to walk past the mastiff, which was on a lengthy chain in the yard, to get a ball.

According to the family member, the family does own pit bulls and one of those pit bulls came to the defense of the child.

She says the mastiff belonged to another family member, not a friend.

We are reaching out to Grambling Police again for clarification on their previous statement.

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Original Article (KTBS)

Police say they were called to a Grambling home Monday after a pit bull attacked a 7-year-old boy.

It happened around 2:30 in the afternoon on Medgar Evers Drive.

According to Grambling Police, the child got too close to a chained pit bull in his backyard and the dog attacked. The boy's father managed to pull the boy away from the dog.

The boy suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport where he underwent surgery.

Police say the dog did not belong to the family. They were keeping it for a friend. It was put down immediately.

The dog's owner has been issued a criminal summons and may face more charges.

Source: KTBS