Police officers shot and killed two pit pulls that were mauling a 50-year-old man inside a Bushwick apartment Saturday night.
According to a police spokesperson, multiple NYPD officers rushed to an apartment near the corner of Hancock Street and Bushwick Avenue at roughly 10:30 p.m. Saturday, where they found a man being attacked by the two dogs. Officers fired multiple rounds at the animals, killing both. The injured man, identified by the Post as Paul "Nitty" Davis, was rushed to Kings County Hospital and treated for bites to his arms and legs.
The dogs belonged to Devon Dixon, 26, a roommate of Davis, who had rescued them from a neighbor's yard after they had been left tied up and abandoned, the Post notes. Dixon told the tabloid he had been hosting an apartment party Saturday night when the dogs began suddenly attacking Davis one floor below. He immediately rushed to his roommate's aid.
"I jumped over the couch and ran out of the room and slammed the door," he told the Post. "The dog ran back and jumped on Nitty. At that point they were full-flesh into him." Dixon recalled trying to beat the dogs back with a two-by-four board, but was unable to stop them until police arrived and shot both dogs.
"I heard at least ten gunshots. It was at least a whole round. But they had to, Nitty was losing a lot of blood," he told the tabloid.
According to the Daily News, two police officers were taken to Wyckoff Hospital for observation after Saturday night's incident. No charges have been filed in connection with the dogs' attack.