WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- A 2-year-old boy was attacked by the family dog in Wilkes County Sunday, according to the Wilkes County EMS. The sheriff's department confirmed the dog was a pit bull.

The animal was euthanized by a family member after the attack, according to the sheriff's office.

EMS Director Eric Morrison says the child was brought to the Champion Fire Department by family members. The 2-year-old was then transported to Wilkes Regional and then flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Morrison says the injuries are potentially life threatening.

The boy is listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

The Sheriff's Office and Wilkes County Animal Control are investigating.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim, his family, and all of the emergency personnel who have assisted and continue to care for the victim.”- David Carson, Deputy Chief, Wilkes Co. Sheriff's Office