A young Canadian boy was recently injured when he was attacked by a sled dog. The incident occurred in Southend, Saskatchewan, and the 4-year-old victim had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his face, CTV News reports.
The attack happened while the boy and a caregiver were tending to 14 sled dogs inside a reserve. Although the boy was told to stay inside the truck, he wandered outside and encountered an animal off of its leash. According to the news provider, the dog bit him and ran off before it was hit by a car.
"The dog ... did inflict some injuries on the youth before the care-giver was able to separate the dog from the child," sergeant Paul Dawson told the news source. "His injuries are serious but not life-threatening."
Those living in the neighborhood of an aggressive canine or looking to protect themselves against a dog attack may want to buy pepper spray or animal repellent. Such devices have proven to be an effective way to disable a dangerous dog and will prevent similar injury.