CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police are still looking for the owner of a pit bull who attacked a young boy this past weekend, 19/43 News' Wendy Gillette reported.
The child is recovering, but there is controversy among neighbors about whether police did the right thing by killing the dog.
The little boy's playtime turned to terror on Saturday afternoon. He was in front of a house on Tacoma Avenue when neighbors said that a pit bull suddenly attacked.
The boy's brother got a call from a neighbor, and started heading down the block. He couldn't believe what he saw.
"The dog had him by the bottom of the pants leg," the victim's brother, Rahman Coleman, said. "The dog was trying to pull him out. The lady was pulled him back, and told the little kids to get scissors or something. I told her to get a bucket of hot water to throw at him. She got a bucket of hot water, and threw it at him."
The dog let go of the boy, and police showed up shortly thereafter.
Officers followed the animal into an alley. When it turned and ran towards them, they shot it.
One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said that he's glad that officers decided to shoot the dog.
"I think they were right to shoot the dog because the dog could of come out and bite someone else," the neighbor said.
The boy was treated at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital for leg injuries. He was described as a little shaken up, but he was able to go to school on Monday.