OTTUMWA — A child has been seriously injured in a pit bull attack, his mother confirmed.

The little boy will survive, his family reports, after being attacked by the dog on Ottumwa's east side earlier this week.

The school-aged child and his family have not yet been named publicly, but Ottumwa Police Department officers have been conducting interviews with the boy and his mother. His injuries were considered serious, requiring multiple stitches and hospitalization. An officer said the bites he photographed as part of his investigation were extremely severe.

After the interviews Wednesday, a family member told The Courier they would let the child decide if he was comfortable talking to the media publicly. He appeared in good spirits Wednesday afternoon, however.

Pit bulls are forbidden from being kept in Ottumwa city limits according to city code. The current disposition of the dog is unknown, but it did not appear the dog had been euthanized. The boy did not know the dog that attacked him, his mother told the Courier.

Police say they will likely issue a media release with further information and specific details Thursday, when they expect their preliminary investigation to be complete.

Staff writer Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark or he can be contacted at mnewman@ottumwacourier.com

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