A 71-year-old man in York, S.C., was hospitalized after police say he was attacked by his neighbor’s pit bulls while he was decorating his house for Christmas.
York Police officers were called to the home along Oklahoma Street just before 11 a.m. Sunday.
The man was knocked down from behind by two dogs that bit him repeatedly, investigators said.
When officers arrived, they saw the dogs running in the man’s yard and saw a neighbor walking toward the officers. The dogs charged at the neighbor, a woman, who ran into her home to get away, police said.
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The dogs kept “striking her door in an attempt to get the lady,” according to police, then came toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.”
The officer fired a shot, hitting one of the dogs before both animals ran off.
The 71-year-old man was found and the officer gave him first aid.
According to police, the man’s left arm was severely mangled. He was taken to Piedmont Medical Center and later to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte “due to the severity of his injuries.”
The dogs were found and taken into custody by York County Animal Control. The owners were issued citations for violation of leash law.