Goodhue County pit bull fight leaves dog dead, 10-year-old boy injured

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A family pet is dead and a 10-year-old boy is injured after a vicious dogfight in Pine Island, Minnesota.

The boy suffered "serious injuries" while trying to break up a fight between the two pit bulls, the Associated Press reports.

The news service says Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies eventually intervened and used a taser on the "more aggressive" animal, which died following the shock.

KTTC-TV notes the taser was a last resort for deputies, who unsuccessfully tried splashing water on the fighting dogs to break them up. Both were apparently pets of the 10-year-old's family.

The station says the surviving dog would require medical attention and the boy was taken by his mother to the hospital, where he would likely need stitches.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says breaking up a dogfight can be "dangerous," as pet owners who attempt to intervene can be bitten in the process.

The group notes, however, most physical confrontations between dogs end quickly and with little injury to the animals involved.

To learn more about safe ways to break up a dogfight, click here.

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