A dog has been shot dead by police after it grabbed a child by the throat and inflicted several bites during an attack in Scarborough early Wednesday evening.

Toronto police were called to the Conlins Road and Good Road area, which is near Morningside and Highway 401, around 6 p.m. for reports that a dog had attacked a child and would not let go.

Police responded to the scene and found the dog, which officers believed to be a pit bull, still holding the child, Const. David Hopkinson told CBC News Wednesday evening.

Officers tried to get the dog off and one officer suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, he said. One officer shot and killed the dog, he said.

Paramedics said when they were called to the scene they found a child with multiple bites to the body. The child was taken to a local hospital suffering from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.