Fresno County sheriff’s deputies kill dog that attacked boy

A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog Thursday that attacked a 6-year-old child in San Joaquin.

Lt. Shawn Erwin said deputies went to the western Fresno County community just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of an injured person.

A 911 caller reported that a young boy was attacked by German shepherds. The dogs were immediately chased off after the attack by two men, but remained in the area.

Deputies requested emergency medical services for the child, who suffered moderate injuries to his left leg, right arm and head. The child was sent to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment and was expected to survive.

A deputy later found two German shepherds nearby. One of the dogs became aggressive and advanced on the deputy to attack him. The deputy defended himself, shooting and killing the dog.

The second dog fled to a nearby residence and was contained in the yard. Deputies were unable to reach the owner.