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2 men hurt in attack by pit bulls

KEN RAYMOND Modified: July 26, 2009 at 12:13 am •  Published: July 26, 2009
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MIDWEST CITY — A physically disabled man was hospitalized Saturday after an attack by two pit bull terriers. Another man suffered less severe injuries.

The victims were not identified Saturday.

About 9 p.m., Midwest City police responded to a report of a dog attack and found the pit bull terriers savaging the men outside a house at 104 W Lilac, Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

"The officer used his patrol car and siren to attempt to stop the attack, but to no avail,” Clabes said. "Then they tried to use a Taser on one of the dogs, but it didn’t work.”

The dogs fled to a house in the 100 block of nearby Lilac Court, where they turned to attack three pursuing officers, Clabes said.

"One dog was shot and killed with a shotgun blast,” he said. "The other retreated inside the house through a dog door.”

A 52-year-old man was taken to Midwest Regional Medical Center with "severe leg injuries,” Clabes said. The man had a disability that limited his mobility. A 27-year-old man was treated at the scene, Clabes said. He’d been bitten on the legs.

"Animal control has responded and made contact with the owners, who were not home at the time,” Clabes said. "We will be seizing the dog that’s alive and citing the owners for harboring a vicious animal and allowing the animals to run at large.”

Both are municipal offenses punishable by fines.

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