Little Axel Foster lost his right arm after putting his hand inside a dog pen Friday night while being looked after by his dad’s parents in Tecumseh, police told KFOR.
Responding officers found him waiting outside with his grandmother, with the limb completely missing under the shoulder.
“The child’s arm was still in the pen,” Tecumseh Police Chief JR Kidney told the outlet.
“When officers and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm, the dog became aggressive to them,” he said.
One of the responding officers, Aaron McCormick, wrote in the police report that he “could see the arm inside, and one of the puppies was trying to chew on it.”
One of the dogs was shot and killed as officers tried to recover the arm, police said.
Foster’s mom, Destiny McDow, said they “raced to the hospital,” but surgery to reattach her son’s arm was unsuccessful. She’d earlier said in an online fundraiser that the boy was “fighting not only to keep his arm but his life.”
“How could this happen?” she asked KFOR, saying her son was supposed to be in his father’s care.