A five-year-old child is in the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax recovering from serious facial injuries after a pitbull attack Wednesday afternoon in New Germany.

RCMP in Lunenburg County say they received a 9-1-1 call around 4 p.m. from the dog’s owner saying the child had been attacked by the 18-month old dog in her home.

The dog has been seized by the Lunenburg County Animal Control and will be put down as per the owner’s wishes.

Police say they don’t expect to lay charges, but are continuing to investigate.