Pit bull bites 2 children in Buckeye

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A family dog bit two children in Buckeye Wednesday afternoon, causing serious injuries to one child's arm.

Buckeye police officers responded to a residence near Miller and Maricopa roads at about 5:40 p.m.

Lt. Jared Griffith said the initial investigation revealed that the children were playing with the pit bull in the backyard when they tried to pull a chew toy from its mouth. The dog then began to bite them.

The 8-year-old sustained serious injuries to the arm area and was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. The 10-year-old child received less serious bites.

The children are expected to recover from the attack.

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control placed the dog in a temporary quarantine.

Buckeye police detectives are conducting an investigation into this incident.