WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old Westfield boy is in danger of losing his arm after being bitten by the family dog.

Police say the boy was taken to a Westfield hospital after being bitten Tuesday afternoon, then transported to a Springfield hospital for additional surgery in an attempt to save the arm, which suffered damage to the brachial artery.

Animal control officer Kenneth Frazer says the boy's parents told him that doctors are not sure the arm can be saved.

The Westfield News reported that the boy was bitten on the upper arm as he was letting the 3-year-old American bulldog in the house.

The boy's father said the dog has "territorial issues" and asked that it be removed from his home and euthanized.

No names were released.

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