Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police patrol officers and animal control officers spent several hours Tuesday searching for one of two dogs that attacked a group of children in an East Savannah park.


Neighbors beat one Pit Bull unconscious with bricks to get her to release a 7-year-old boy who was bitten on the face. A neighbor fired shots with a handgun at the larger Pit Bull to get her away from the other children she had chased to the top of a sliding board.


An animal control officer later shot her with a tranquilizer gun but was unable to catch her before she ran into a heavily wooded area and hid.


The 7-year-old was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious facial wounds that are not considered life-threatening.


SCMPD’s Violent Crimes Division has begun an investigation to identify the owner of the two dogs that attacked the children in Treat Park at Treat and Gable streets just before 8 p.m.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.