Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pit Bull Shot, Killed After Woman, Child Attacked


A woman and a 5-year-old boy were attacked by a dog at a home in Lakeville on Wednesday afternoon.
Police officers who arrived at the home at 4 Helen St. were forced to shoot and kill the dog, a pit bull, to keep it away from the victims.
They were taken to a local hospital, and their names have not been released.
NewsCenter 5 and will have more information when it becomes available.

Update June 23, 2010 6:08pm - The following article is from Taunton Daily Gazette:

Boy, woman hospitalized after pit bull attack

A Helen Street home was a horrific scene Wednesday afternoon, when a vicious pit bull attack left a 5-year-old boy and his babysitter seriously injured.

The boy, who lives next door to the 38-year-old babysitter, was reportedly in the woman’s living room shortly before 5 p.m. when her pet pit bull attacked him. When the woman tried to pull the dog off of the boy, the animal reportedly turned on her. After police arrived at the scene, an officer fired multiple rounds at the pit bull, killing the animal, neighbors said.

The boy and woman were both flown to hospitals by MedFlight helicopters.

Update June 24, 2010 8:48am - The following article is Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local:

Horrific scene in wake of bulldog attack

There was a horrific scene inside a Helen Street home Wednesday afternoon, when a vicious bulldog attack left a 5-year-old boy and his babysitter seriously injured.
The boy, who lives next door to 38-year-old babysitter Karen Bruno O’Leary, was in the woman’s living room shortly after 4 p.m. when her 1-year-old American Bulldog attacked him, police said in a press release issued Wednesday night.
When the woman tried to pull the dog off of the boy, neighbors say the animal turned on her. Upon their arrival at 4 Helen St., police state that they fired three shots at the bulldog after it lunged at an officer. When the wounded animal began to turn its attention toward emergency personnel working on O’Leary, police shot it six more times before it died.
Neighbor Ted Martin said he ran out into the street after hearing multiple gunshots and saw a police officer yelling that a boy was missing. Martin said he found the boy hiding in a nearby bush.
“The whole side of his cheek was gone,” Martin said. “I had a tear in my eye.”
The boy apparently ran out of the house after the dog turned on the babysitter. Meanwhile, the woman’s two young daughters had locked themselves in a room and called 911, Martin said.
Martin said that as the boy appeared to start drifting into unconsciousness, he put his arm around him and consoled him.
Members of the Lakeville police and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department were present at the scene on Helen Street, which is located in the private, heavily wooded Clark Shores residential development. Yellow police tape blocked off the street, on which several emergency vehicles were parked.
The boy, who was transported by ambulance to Morton Hospital and Medical Center before being airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Boston, suffered severe facial wounds from the attack, police said.
An ambulance brought O’Leary, who sustained serious wounds to her arm, to the parking lot of Mullein Hill Baptist Church, where a MedFlight helicopter transported her to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Several neighborhood residents gathered at the end of Helen Street Wednesday evening, shocked by news of the events that transpired.
“I ran back home an hugged my kids,” Martin said.
According to police, the town’s animal control officer cited that there had been no reports of prior incidents involving O’Leary’s dog.

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