Sioux City police have released the name of a child injured Wednesday by a neighbor’s dog. Police captain Marti Reilly says 19-month old Samuel Van Donslear wandered into the yard and the dog was biting him when an off-duty officer approached and the dog put the child down.

Reilly says the dog was not running loose, it was tied to a tree with a cable. The toddler was taken to the hospital and his condition has not been released. Reilly says they still don’t have all the details of how the child got out.

Reilly says it’s still an active investigation, so they are not going to release any details until the investigation is complete. He describes the investigation as “broad” as they want to find out exactly what took place. A report in the Sioux City Journal says the boy’s mother said her son was in serious but stable condition with 45 puncture wounds.

By Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Sioux City