PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 9-year-old Pittsfield boy suffered wounds to his head, arms and face and part of his scalp was torn off in an attack by his neighbor’s pit bull dogs.

Jessyca Petell says she and her son, Perrin, were walking into their multi-family home at 9:30 p.m. Monday when they encountered another resident’s three dogs in a common area.

She tells The Berkshire Eagle the dogs dragged her son down the steps in a “violent, relentless and ruthless” attack.

Police say two dogs were involved, but the Petells say all three participated.

The boy received 35 teeth and nail puncture wounds, and a 3 inch-by-3 inch section of his scalp was torn off.

The dogs are quarantined during the police investigation. Their owners, who could not be reached for comment, could be fined.

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