A French Valley man shot a dog after the pit bull/boxer mix bit his 11-year-old son, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Deputies were called to the intersection of Orange Blossom Drive and Allium Lane in unincorporated Riverside County just before 4 p.m. Friday, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The dog belonged to a neighbor of the victim and had apparently broken free of its leash to attack the boy, the release said. The boy’s father, who was not identified by authorities, retrieved his handgun and fired one shot when the dog lunged toward him.
The dog was struck but was able to flee, the release said. Riverside County Animal Control officers located the dog and took it into custody for destruction.
The boy was treated at a local hospital for his injuries, and is expected to make a full recovery. No criminal charges are anticipated from the incident, the release said.
It is the second incident in recent weeks in which a dog has been shot following an attack.
A Wildomar man pumped a pit bull full of bullets in March after the dog slipped into his backyard and killed his family’s Chihuahua. Donald Mason, a military police officer with the California Army National Guard and former U.S. Marine said it took at least half a dozen shots to fell the dog.