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9-year-old seriously injured in dog attack

A 9-year-old boy is in serious condition after her was attacked by a pit bull in the backyard of a Sacramento home Sunday.

January 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A 9-year-old boy is in the hospital in serious condition after he was attacked by a pit bull Sunday.

Authorities said it happened when the boy got into the backyard of a home in Sacramento. An elderly woman, who lives next door, was also bitten by the dog.

Sheriff's deputies said the animal tore up the boy's arm and even had its mouth clenched onto the boy's head at one point.

Deputies shot the pit bull for fear it would jump the fence into another yard where children were playing.