A man walking a small dog was attacked by three pit bulls in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, prompting Los Angeles police to open fire on the attacking animals, killing two of them.
The unidentified victim’s dog was killed by the pit bulls, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple dog bites following the 8:30 a.m. attack in the 500 block of Stanford Avenue, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said.
“A man in his 50s was walking his dog when he was attacked by the pit bulls,” Madison told City News Service. “Two of the pit bulls died at the scene, but the third one survived and was taken for medical treatment by Animal Control officers.”
Cell phone video taken during the attack showed officers using batons in a van attempt to stop the mauling prior to opening fire.
An area business owner told reporters the pit bulls lived on the grounds of a neighboring business, were allowed to briefly run free each morning after being let out of their enclosures and would typically obey the commands of a man who owns or tends to the dogs.
The owner of the pit bulls is cooperating with investigators and has not been arrested, police said.
—City News Service
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