port richmond, pennsylvania
A Port Richmond boy is recovering from dog bite wounds following surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Thanks to the quick actions of his bigger brother and a neighbor, he's expected to make a full recovery.
Before school, Shane Bucher was at a neighbor's house in the 3500 block of Mercer Street.
Inside, something happened to trigger an American bulldog -- described as friendly -- to turn on the 11-year-old, sinking his teeth into the boy and dragging him outside.
Shane's brother, Brad, heard his screams:
"I tried pulling him, and his jaw was locked. So we couldn't get it. So I went in the house and called 911, and they came fast."
Another neighbor came even faster -- with a gun -- and shot and killed the dog. Police say they don't expect charges to be filed.
The victim's dad, Paul Bucher, says he's just happy that his son is going to be all right:
"I'd like to say thank you, and I appreciate everything that was done -- because nothing else could have been done any better than what happened."
Reynolds then came out with a 9mm handgun and fired once in the air, but that failed to scare off Zeus, Brad Bucher said. Reynolds then shot the dog once and it let go, but then attacked again, he said. Reynolds shot again and the dog relented.
A bloodied Shane staggered into the kitchen of his house and collapsed, Brad Bucher said.