updated 11/6/2005 6:00:02 PM ET 2005-11-06T23:00:02

A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition a day after three pit bulls escaped from a home in Cary, Illinois, and went on a rampage.

Authorities say the pit bulls attacked several people before police shot and killed the dogs.

No charges have been filed, but McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren says a criminal investigation is under way.

Neighbors say the attacks started late Saturday afternoon when children going door-to-door for a fund-raiser arrived at the home of the man who owned the dogs.

Police say the pit bulls attacked the two children, and when the dogs’ owner tried to stop them, the dogs turned on him and bit off his thumb. The boy’s father tried to protect his son and was attacked. The dogs went after another neighbor as well.

Residents threw rocks at the dogs and honked car horns to try to distract them before police arrived and shot the animals.

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