The teen was returning to his home from the basketball court at Willow Mist apartments on Seagraves Drive at about 12:15 p.m. when a pit bull apparently jumped through the screen window of a neighbors apartment, Athens-Clarke police said.
The teen tried to run, but the dog knocked him to the ground and bit his face, abdomen and legs, according to police.
Two smaller pit bulls ran from the same apartment and joined the attack.
The boy tried to outrun them, but they caught him and tackled him, police Lt. Keith Morris said. They just mauled him.
The teen managed to escape to his apartment, where someone called the police.
Its the worst dog attack Ive seen in my 26 years, Senior Police Officer Charlie Snyder said.
The teen was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The dogs owner was not home at the time, and police havent decided whether to file criminal charges.
Athens-Clarke Animal Control officers took custody of the smaller pit bulls but continue to search for the larger dog that initiated the attack