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Philadelphia Resident Attacked by Three Pit Bulls; Off-Duty Police Officer Intervenes

PHILADELPHIA PA (MAY 14, 2024)- An off-duty police officer shot and killed one of three pit bulls attacking a woman in Southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred around 10:38 AM on the 1500 block of South 58th Street when the officer, who was driving in his personal vehicle, witnessed a 52-year-old Black female being attacked by several dogs. During the attack, the dogs' owner, a 21-year-old Black male, was attempting to stop the dogs from attacking the woman.

The officer discharged his service weapon multiple times, ending the attack. The female victim sustained bite wounds to her leg, arm, and head. She was transported to the University of Pennsylvania-Cedar Hospital in stable condition.

One of the pit bulls was found deceased in the owner's backyard and taken into custody by Philadelphia Animal Care & Control. The owner was able to gain control of a second dog, but the third dog has not been located.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack, including what prompted the dogs to attack the woman.

The officer is 43 years old and a two-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. He is currently assigned to the 17th Police District.

The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs and Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations.