Thursday, June 23, 2011

Georgia: Pit bulls attack children in park

GEORGIA -- A group of children were attacked in an East Savannah Park on Tuesday.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Patrol Officers and Animal Control Officers spent several hours Tuesday evening searching for one of two dogs involved.

The attack happened in Treat Park at Treat and Gable streets just before 8 p.m. 

A witness describes how the pit bull had the little boy
by the throat. He said he had to beat on the dog's head
with a brick to try to get it to release its grip.
Neighbors had to beat one pit bull unconscious to get her to release a 7-year-old boy who was bitten on the face.

A neighbor fired shots at the larger pit bull to get her away from the other children that she had chased to the top of a sliding board.

An animal control officer was able to shoot that pit bull with a tranquilizer gun, but the dog was able to get away before officers could catch her.

The dog disappeared into a heavily wooded area.

The 7-year-old was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious facial wounds.

Witnesses wrapped the boy in this shirt

SCMPD's Violent Crimes Division has begun an investigation to identify the owner of the two dogs.  Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020

(WTOC - June 22, 2011)

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