Erie police Tuesday afternoon shot and killed two pit bulls that bit a 12-year-old boy while attacking the boy's family beagle at an east Erie residence.
Police said 2 PIT BULLS were running loose when they attacked the beagle, which was tied up outside on the front porch of a house in the 1200 block of East 22nd St.
The beagle later died of its injuries.
Officers were called there at 4:11 p.m. to investigate a report of a dog attack.
When the boy tried to bring his beagle inside the house, the pit bulls went inside and bit the boy on the lower right leg, police said.
The attacking dogs then dragged the beagle outside the house and into an adjacent yard.
An Erie animal enforcement officer was dispatched, but was unable to break up the fight.
A supervising officer arrived and shot the two pit bulls while they were continuing their attack on the beagle, Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said.
"His actions were to try and stop the pit bulls from attacking the beagle,'' Bowers said.
The boy was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment of a leg wound.
The pit bulls belong to someone in that neighborhood, Bowers said.
"We're investigating the possibility the pit bulls may have been under the care of a younger person,'' Bowers said. "We don't think the owner of the attacking dogs was home at the time.''
Charges are expected to be filed today against the pit bulls' owner, he said.
"It is very important that when people own dogs that are animal aggressive, their responsibility is to ensure that when they are not home, their animals are kept secure and under control,'' Bowers said.