A three-year-old boy was attacked by his grandfather's dog while playing outside Monday afternoon, Faulkner County Chief Deputy Matt Rice said.
The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at 4919 Arkansas 365 between Conway and Mayflower, Rice said.
He said officers described the boy's injuries — which were around the child's skull — as "pretty severe." The child was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital by helicopter.
The boy's grandfather said the dog was a "full-blooded" pit bull that was chained in his yard, Rice said. The dog broke the chain while the child was playing outside and attacked him.
Rice said authorities had to kill the dog, because it was "circling them and being aggressive." He said multiple shots were fired.