Boy, 4, has ENTIRE ARM ripped off by his grandmother's pit bull after reaching into pen to pet beast's puppies

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy had his entire arm ripped off by his grandmother's pit bull after reaching inside a pen to pet the beast's puppies.

Little Axel Foster's arm was torn off from just below the shoulder in the savage attack at his grandparents' house in Tecumseh, near Oklahoma City.

Emergency services raced to the home on Friday night, where they found Axel and his grandmother standing in the driveway.

A tourniquet was applied to the little boy's horror wound before he was rushed to hospital.

Chief JR Kidney, from the Tecumseh Police Department, told KFOR: "I've seen dog bites in the past and experienced some pretty brutal dog bites with children but never a complete amputation.

"The child's arm was still in the pen. When officers and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm, the dog became aggressive to them."

The vicious pet was shot and killed by officers after the terrifying mauling.

Axel's mom, Destiny McDow, said: "We raced to the hospital. When we got there, the nurses confirmed his arm was dismembered from his body.

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"I don't know what he's going through. I never went through it. But he's only a child."

Doctors desperately tried to reattach Axel's arm but the surgery was unsuccessful. 

Destiny has now set up GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her son's urgent life-saving treatment.

More than $3,500 has been raised so far.

The devastated mom described her son as "adventurous, smart, and bubbly".

"He has undergone two surgeries, and is still fighting not only to keep his arm but his life," she said.

"I am asking for help to save my baby boy's life."

Cops are now trying to determine whether the boy was being properly supervised at the time of the attack – and whether the grandparents could face charges of child neglect.

Mr Kidney said: "To be over just an innocent type thing of wanting to pet some puppies, it's just devastating.

"What kind of Christmas is this child gonna have now? What kind of life, in general, is this child gonna have now?

"I'm hoping it was simply an accident that the child was able to get to the pen, but we will look at everything."

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