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Two children were seriously injured after they were attacked by a loose dog Monday in Lancaster, police said.

The children, a 5-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with serious injuries and then transported to Hershey Medical Center, police said.

The children are in serious but stable condition at Hershey, police said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon.

The dog was identified by police Tuesday as a 66-pound pit bull terrier.

Police responded to a report of a loose dog attacking two children in the 700 block of Lafayette Street just before 5 p.m. Monday.

When police arrived, they learned the children were taken to the hospital and the dog had been secured by its owner.

The 5-year-old male terrier broke through a fence in a yard in the 700 block of High Street shortly before the incident, police said.

According to police, the children were in a minivan behind their home when the attack occurred.

“The dog managed to get inside the vehicle and attacked the children as they were still secured in their car seats,” police said in a statement.

The children's mother pulled the dog from the van with the help of several people in the area, police said. The mother, who is not being identified, was later treated at Lancaster General for scratches from the dog.

The attack is still under investigation, according to Lancaster city police Lt. Bill Hickey.

The owner of the dog is cooperating with the police investigation, Hickey said in a statement Tuesday.

“The identity of the dog owner is not being released as no charges have been filed,” he said. “The dog is currently quarantined.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Phil Berkheiser at 717-735-3320.

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