A 3-year-old Sampson County boy is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by a dog.
The Sampson County Sheriff's Office responded to a toddler attacked by a dog around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. When deputies arrived, they found the boy with wounds to his face, neck and legs.
The boy was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
The boy was staying with his aunt, Brooke Weeks, at the time of the incident. The dog, which belonged to a friend of Weeks, was locked in a separate room. The dog managed to get out of the room and attacked the boy. The aunt struggled with the dog but was able to pull it off the child.
When deputies arrived they located a white and tan pit bull with blood on its face. A deputy fired his sidearm at the dog, but the fled into the woods.
Deputies immediately began searching for the dog. The deputies were able to locate the pit bull after someone called to say the owner had located his dog.
The dog was taken to the Sampson County Animal Shelter to be quarantined until the investigation into the incident is complete.
No other details have been released.