A police officer was bitten when he came to the aid of a city man who was being dragged during a vicious attack by a pair of human-size CANE CORSO DOGS early Friday, officials said.
The officer suffered a hand wound while the resident suffered what a police report described as severe trauma, requiring emergency surgery. The attack reportedly was so vicious the dogs stripped the civilian of all his clothing.
The incident occurred in the 1000 block of West Second Street and remains under investigation, police Chief James Nolan IV said Friday afternoon.
A police report states that officers were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. after information was received that two dogs were dragging a woman down the street. The victim was later determined to be a 28-year-old city man.
According to the report, the first officer on the scene saw two large dogs attacking a naked man. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to scare off the canines – reportedly between 150-200 pounds each.
“This had no effect on the animals,” the report states.
The officer then exited his vehicle and shouted at the dogs, again trying to scare them off. The dogs released the man and started to charge at the officer, who then fired two shots, striking each dog once.
“One dog immediately fell over dead, while the other ran off,” the report states.
According to the report, one of the dogs bit the officer in his left hand.
The man who was initially being attacked by the dogs had a massive wound to his lower right leg and another severe bite to his upper right arm, as well as other bites around his body, bruises to his ribs and abrasions.
“While being attacked, the dogs stripped of all his clothing,” the report states.
The man was transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he underwent immediate surgery. His condition was not immediately available.
The officer was treated at Crozer and released.
The wounded dog was located at the owner’s house.
The owner of the dogs had no papers or vaccination records for either of the dogs, the report states.
According to the report, the owner said his dogs are kept in the backyard of his home in the 200 block of Lloyd Street, which is enclosed by a 6-foot-high fence. Additionally, he said the dogs are kept in kennels and secured with chains.
The dead dog was collected by city highway workers and brought to the city garage pending rabies testing.
With no current animal control program in the city, an independent animal control officer said he was contacted by the city’s Board of Health and asked to intervene. He said he delivered a specimen for rabies testing to a facility in Exton Friday afternoon.
Under state dog law, the wounded dog is required to be quarantined for 10 days or euthanized and tested for rabies. Because he is not the city’s official animal control officer, he said he was not aware of the status of the other dog.
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