A dog bit a 13-month-old boy in Dania Beach on Wednesday morning, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The incident happened at 4841 SW 44th Avenue.

The boy, a cousin of the dog owner, was playing with another child when he was bitten, deputies said. Investigators believe the dog was protecting the other child.

The boy was taken to Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. Deputies said he was alert and talking.

No charges were pending.