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PHILADELPHIA PA (January 12, 2024)(CNBNews)-- At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, Philadelphia Police officers responded to a report of a “person screaming” in the rear yard of a residence on the 3600 block of Sepviva Street. Upon arrival, officers learned that several pit bulldogs had attacked a French bulldog in the yard. The owner of the French bulldog, a 37-year-old male, attempted to intervene and was bitten multiple times on the right leg and lower back. He was transported to Temple Hospital in stable condition. The French bulldog died from its injuries. 

Officers entered the residence and observed five pit bulldogs barking and growling. When the dogs advanced, one officer deployed an Electronic Control Weapon (ECW) without effect. Officer #1 and Officer #2 then drew their firearms and discharged several times, striking one dog in the paw. All five dogs were able to be contained inside the residence by the owner. 


Body Worn Cameras were activated during the incident and will be reviewed as part of the ongoing investigation. 


No officers were injured.  


Officer #1 is 28 years old, a four-year veteran of the Department, and assigned to the 24th District. 


Officer #2 is 30 years old, a 10-month veteran of the Department, and assigned to the 24th District.  


Both discharging officers have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs and Officer-Involved Shooting investigations.  




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Pit Bull Terriers
How many different breeds of pit bulls are there?

There is no specific breed called a pit bull; pit bulls are either American bullys, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American bulldogs, or a mix of these breeds.

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