11-Year-Old Injured in Pit Bull Attack

The boy was playing when the dog lunged at him, causing a severe lower lip injury

An 11-year old boy has severe facial injuries after a pit bull attacked him Saturday afternoon at a southern Riverside County home.

The boy was playing inside a home in the 2700 block of Stueber Lane in Winchester (map) when the 2-year-old female dog, owned by the victim's cousin, lunged at him, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said.

The boy was able to fight off the initial attack with a pool cue, but the dog attacked again, causing a severe lower lip injury.

Animal services officials said they believe the attack was unprovoked and the dog has since been euthanized. The dog's remains wil be sent to a lab for rabies testing.

The identities of the boy and dog’s owners have not been released.

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