pit nutter says the dog is normally friendly.
An off-duty state trooper shot a pit bull Saturday afternoon that was attacking a 12-year-old boy in his Hyde Park neighborhood, State Police said.
The trooper was on the front porch of his home on Ellis Street when he and his wife saw the dog attack the boy while the boy was on the sidewalk.
The trooper tried to separate the dog from the boy, police said, but was unable to do so. He then fired his handgun, striking the dog and causing it to release the boy, police said.
The boy was taken to Carney Hospital with injuries to his arms and legs.
State Police said their preliminary investigation indicates the trooper fired his weapon to prevent more serious or even fatal injury to the boy.
The dog was taken from the scene by an unidentified woman and its whereabouts are not known.
UPDATE - PREVIOUS BITE RECORD - DIRT NAP!
An owner of a wounded pit bull who mauled a Hyde Park child defended his pet yesterday as an excitable puppy who didn’t deserve to take a bullet from a cop.
“We’re sorry this happened. He’s just a happy dog. He’s not vicious. He thinks he’s one of the kids,” said Deshawn Johnson, 22.
The pit bull, 10-month-old Kano, turned up alive last night at a Weymouth veterinarian’s office and was quarantined by Boston police. Authorities had been looking for the dog after it attacked 12-year-old Terrell Owens on Saturday.
Johnson, who claimed he had no idea where Kano ran to after the mauling, suspects children playing at a birthday party at his aunt Cochisa “Coco” Toney’s home on Ellis Street may have opened a gate in the back yard and turned Kano loose. Neighbor Owens was seated on the front steps nearby when he was bitten.
“It’s unfortunate,” Johnson said. “I just wish he’d had his muzzle on.”
In addition to no “Beware of Dog” sign, as mandated by the city’s pit bull ordinance, a stockade fence behind the triple-decker was missing slats. And it turns out, Kano bit a 6-year-old during another birthday bash last month.
Boston police spokesman Officer Eddy Chrispin said the “same dog” attacked on April 7 during a party attended by 10 to 15 kids. Investigators filed a child abuse report.
Johnson said the victim was his nephew, who was bitten on the inner thigh when the child scratched Kano’s face.
Owens, whose injured forearms remained bandaged yesterday, said he and his mother Jacqueline Daughtry yesterday brought flowers to the state trooper who saved him and the officer’s wife.
“My mom felt like she owed him,” the Gavin Middle School sixth-grader said with a shy smile.
Owens said he didn’t see Kano charging him until he was inches away, and when he tried to jump a fence to get away, the dog latched onto his foot.
“I punched him. That’s when he started going after my arms,” Owens said. “I didn’t think it was going to stop, but then the state trooper saved me. He tried to (pull) the dog off me, but couldn’t.”
State police spokesman David Procopio said if not for the off-duty trooper sitting out on his front porch, Owens could easily have been killed.
Procopio declined to identify the trooper while the investigation into the discharge of his personal handgun continues, but said the veteran cop “saved that child from disfigurement or maybe even death. He fired his gun as a last resort. He fired only once. We don’t like having to shoot somebody’s pet. The trooper did what he had to do.”
pit nutter DESHAWN JOHNSON said the ugly pit was simply an excitable puppy who didn't deserve to be shot by a cop. his mommy, COCHISA TONEY (pictured at the top) said the puppy is just hyperactive and refuses to give it a dirt nap despite the fact the frankenmauler has now bitten two people and is only 10 months old.