Police officer shoots Pit Bull mix that snagged on owner’s arm in Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia

A Philadelphia police officer shot a dog after investigators said it clung to its owner’s arm and refused to let go despite the man’s family members punching it animal with a baseball bat in an attempt to make it let go.

The officer responded to the area of ​​5th and Venango streets in North Philadelphia just before 1 a.m. Thursday, firing a single shot and striking the dog, which had seriously injured the 41-year-old man and his wife, Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott. Little said.

Before the officer opened fire, the man’s family members had tried to hit the dog with an aluminum baseball bat, but told detectives it only made the mixture bite harder of pit bulls, according to Small.

“The bullet did its job, so the dog was no longer attacking this 41-year-old man,” he said.

The man suffered multiple “severe” bites to his head, neck, torso, leg and both arms, causing him to bleed profusely, Small said. The man’s 38-year-old wife was bitten on the leg, the chief inspector added. Both were expected to survive.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the attack. The dog was taken into the care of animal control, Small said.

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