HOQUIAM, Wash. - Police in Hoquiam say an 8-year-old boy received extensive injuries after he was attacked by the family dog.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said the dog is usually kept inside the home, but escaped into the yard Friday afternoon. Dispatch got a frantic call at 4:01 p.m.
Myers said the responding officer saw a large mastiff-type dog biting the boy's head. The officer yelled at the boy and the dog began biting the boy's leg.
The officer used a taser because the boy was in the line of fire. It stunned the dog and the boy ran to the shed. The dog then went after the officer. The officer fired several times, striking the dog once or twice.
A 15-year-old babysitter and a 3-year-old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard. A 2-year-old boy was inside the house.
The three children were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their conditions are not known.
Myers says the dog may have become enraged by the children jumping on a trampoline in the yard.
Police say the dog was euthanized at the owner's request.