Two American Bulldogs attacked a family of 4 on Webster Road on the Onondaga Nation, near Nedrow, according to Nedrow Fire Chief Harold Smith.
The call came in to 911 just before 10am. Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies say that two young boys, ages four and ten, were playing in the yard of the home when the four-year-old fell on the ground. At that point, one of two 90 pound American Bulldogs that live in the home started to attack four-year-old Tukwet Norte. The second bulldog joined in shortly after.
The child's 18-year-old sister, Susan Hill, covered the boy with her body, trying to stop the attack. The boy's 30-year-old father, Isaac Norte, was able to get the dogs off of the boy.
The Tukwet is receiving emergency surgery for bites to his chest. He is listed in critical condition. 10-year-old Hunwet Norte is listed in stable condition with bite injuries. Susan Hill is being treated for bite marks to the neck, but deputies say they are not life threatening.
While deputies were on the scene, they were approached by the two dogs. The animal's owner told officers to shoot the dogs. One dog was shot by deputies, the other was eventually shot and killed by Onondaga Nation Patrol.
The incident is still under investigation.