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6-year-old airlifted after dogs attack two boys in Catawba Co.

Published: Feb. 22, 2015 at 11:30 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM EDT
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(Source: Newton Animal Care)
(Source: Newton Animal Care)

NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - A 6-year-old was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries after two Rottweilers attacked the boy and his brother in Newton, NC, according to police.

Newton police say the two boys were mauled Sunday afternoon in the 700 block of North Gaither Ave, just before 4 p.m.

The six and 10-year-old were reportedly playing outside at their mother's boyfriend's home when the attack happened. Police say their mother was at work at the time and the dogs belong to her boyfriend.

According to reports, the boyfriend let the Rottweilers out of their kennel for cleaning. He went inside the house for a few minutes and reportedly came back out to see the dogs mauling the boys. Police say he was able to get the children away from the dogs and into a nearby parked car. He then put one of the dogs back into a kennel and the other dog inside the house so he could call 911.

Both children were initially taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with severe injuries. The youngest was airlifted to the hospital with serious bites on his facial area. Officials do not believe the injuries are life-threatening.

The 10-year-old was treated and released Sunday night. The 6-year-old was still in the hospital as of Monday afternoon.

The dogs were placed into quarantine at the Catawba Animal Shelter while the Newton Animal Shelter continues to look into what happened. Officials say the the dogs' are up to date on their vaccinations.

Officials have been called to the home before for animal-related reasons, but not for vicious behavior.

No charges were filed Sunday afternoon.

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