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A pack of pit bull dogs attacked two children and a teenage girl after escaping from an abandoned house in Staten Island (NYC).
According to the NYPD, a 2-year-old baby, a 13-year-old boy, and a 19-year-old teenage girl were injured near the house at 250 York Ave, New Brighton neighborhood, yesterday at around 12:48 p.m. All three victims were bitten on the legs, and the baby was also bitten on her right arm, Pix11 detailed.
All three people were taken to the hospital in stable condition. Police said that between 8 and 15 dogs were in the house when they escaped through an open window. Eight pit bulls were attempting to bite people in a crowd that gathered near the residence, police said. The canines were captured and taken to an Animal Control center.
A 49-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both considered persons of interest, were arrested at the scene, but no charges were filed at the time, police said. According to New York Post, NYPD’s Division of Animal Cruelty is investigating the case.
Rescued dogs are often placed in the care of rescue groups such as the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (ASPCA). A spokesperson said the group was aware of the Staten Island incident but was waiting for a call from the NYPD to assist, amNY.com noted.
In July, a 70-year-old woman died violently after her family’s pit bull dog brutally attacked her in her Albertson’s (Long Island, NY) home.
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In August of last year, a 19-month-old baby was attacked to death by a family Rottweiler dog while in the care of his infant siblings in Brooklyn (NYC).
In June 2021, also in Brooklyn, a wheelchair-bound man died bitten by his pit bull dogs. Months earlier, at least two children were killed by dogs in their homes in New Jersey.