(INDIANAPOLIS) - A boy is in critical condition after being attacked by a dog Friday afternoon, officials said.
The attack happened just after 4 p.m. in the 200 block of North Tacoma Avenue, which is near Washington and Rural streets on the city's east side.
Officials said the dog, a pit bull, belonged to the boyfriend of the victim's mother.
Neighbors heard the mother's shouts for help and intervened.
"He was like, sitting down, but the dog was on the back of his arm," said neighbor Robin Franklin. "I hollered for my husband, we both went running across the street and tried to grab the dog from behind and hold its head.
"The dog was not letting go. He just kept gnawing away at the kid."
Franklin said the boy was turning white, had blue lips and was losing consciousness.
Another neighbor then shot the dog six times, killing it.
Franklin said if she and other neighbors hadn't intervened, the boy would have certainly died.
"The dog would have killed that kid," she said.
The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children.
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