Case: 17-021633

On Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 1:24PM, Abington Police responded to a call of a woman being attacked by a dog in the 1200 block of Thomson Rd in Roslyn. Just prior to this attack, a neighbor had been walking his two dogs when two pit bulls escaped from a fenced yard and attacked both of his dogs. The initial press release indicated that when officers arrived a Good Samaritan was attempting to pry the dog from the girl’s arm, using a 2×4 piece of wood.  This, however, was inaccurate, as this occurred prior to police arrival.  When the police arrived, the dog had already been removed from the victim’s arm and was placed inside the home. The homeowner’s second dog, which was also unsecured, then charged the people rendering aide to the victim. At this time, an officer stepped between the attacking dog and the victim and immediately discharged his firearm 9 times, striking the dog twice in effort to prevent the dog from potentially attacking others. Police were able to capture both dogs, and with permission of the owner, both were euthanized by the Abington Township Animal Control Officer. The 19 year old victim was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries to both arms.  This incident is still being investigated by the Abington Township Police Department and the Montgomery County Health Department.

Approved for Release By:
Deputy Chief Patrick Molloy

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