FRYEBURG — A 5-year-old Brownfield boy who was mauled by his family’s pit bull Tuesday was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday, police Lt. Michael McAllister said.

The boy was seriously injured while visiting a relative’s house at 581 Main St. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., suffering from serious facial wounds and was later moved to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

“He’s doing well,” McAllister said Wednesday afternoon. He said he talked to the boy’s parents and they expected to be leaving the hospital with their son soon.

McAllister said officials are also waiting for the results of the rabies test done by the state laboratory in Augusta. The 7-year-old dog did not have an current rabies vaccination.

According to Fryeburg Animal Control Officer Kathleen Hathaway, the boy told family members and rescue workers that he was scratching the dog’s neck when it bit him on the side of the face. No one saw the attack, so it is unclear exactly what happened, she said.

The family had had the dog since it was a puppy and had never had a problem with it, according to Hathaway. It was not neutered, which some people believe can cause dogs to be more aggressive, she said.

The family told the animal control officer to put the dog down immediately.

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