WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Baystate Medical Center doctors won't have to amputate the arm of an eight year old Westfield boy. The child suffered severe artery damage when he was mauled by the family's American bulldog Tuesday evening.
The family pet was later euthanized at the request of the boy's father.
The family had owned the dog for years since it was a puppy.
Westfield's Assistant Animal Control Officer Kerri Francis told 22News that the eight year old had been stuck on a gate near at his home when the dog tore at his arm.
"From what the owner was telling us, the dog was just trying to help. There was nothing bad about the dog," Francis said.
The boys family notified Animal control officer Ken Frazier that doctors inserted an artificial artery in the child's arm, and he can now move his fingers.