Rottweiler mauls 5-year-old boy

A 5-year-old Edcouch boy is recovering in San Antonio hospital after being bit by a dog last night.

It all happened on the 7000 block on Texas Street in Edcouch around 9:30 p.m.

The child was playing outside in the yard when their own Rottweiler attacked him.

According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs office, the boy received several bites to his head and shoulder.

The father of the boy was also injured during the attack as he tried pulling the dog off of his son.

The Rottweiler was impounded by the Hidalgo County Health Department.

People living in the area where the attack took place say dogs often roam freely throughout the city.

Neighbors say roaming dogs continue to be a problem in the area.

The child was flown to San Antonio and has been reported to be in stable condition.