A pair of pit bulls attacked and killed a 7-year-old boy in Lowell, Mass., on Saturday evening.
A preliminary investigation suggested the unidentified boy entered a fenced area containing the two pit bulls, which then attacked him, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said in a statement to several local media outlets.
Neighbors witnessed the attack at around 6 p.m. and frantically began calling police.
“I heard someone yelling, ‘It’s my baby! It’s my baby!’ and I come to find out that it was my daughter’s friend’s son,” neighbor Annmarie Dizazzo told WFXT.
Records show there were multiple 911 calls.
“A child’s being attacked by some sort of animal,” the operator told police. “Apparently the dog will not let go of the child.”
It then charged at a police officer, who shot the dog, which continued running toward him anyway.
“Lowell, shots fired, the dog is hit, it’s still coming at me,” the officer told the operator.
That pit bull was later captured and euthanized. The other dog is currently being held by animal control officials, according to the Boston Globe. The incident remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Travis M. Andrews