A young boy attacked by a pitbull could have been killed if it weren’t for the quick reaction of a neighbor who stopped the mauling by shooting it.
A neighbor in Mallina Street on Detroit’s northeast side said that a random glance out his window on Wednesday may have saved a young boy’s life.
“It’s a kid, I don’t care whose kid it is, I am going to do what I have to do,” the man said.
What he had to do was grab his gun, he said.
“I had to do it because the boy was screaming so loud,” the man said. “He wanted the dog off of him.”
Neighbors say the boy, who according to police is between 8 and 10 years old, was outside riding his bike, passing another neighbor’s yard.
“He just came out of the yard and went for the little boy,” said George Williams, another neighbor.
Biting and dragging the little boy – that was when two other neighbors rushed to try and get the white pitbull off of him.
“The dog wouldn’t let go,” Williams said. “We were hitting him with sticks, brooms and stuff, He wouldn’t let go.”
“He was dragging and pulling the boy.”
That’s when this neighbor – says he got a gun – and shot the pitbull in the back of the leg.
“If he wouldn’t have done that, it would have been bad,” the man said.
Despite calling 911, the boy’s mother had to drive him to the hospital.
“I sat out here waiting for somebody to come, they never showed up,” a neighbor said.
Animal control came out Thursday taking the dog still alive.
The dog’s owner, who gave her name as Ms. Campbell, said that the dog is not a vicious animal.
“I don’t know what happened in the process of the attack,” said Ms. Campbell. ” I don’t know if he felt threatened or what happened. He’s not a vicious animal.”
“When you have a dog like that, you have to make sure your yard is secure,” the neighbor who shot the dog said.
Police say the boy is expected to be okay and the owner said that’s all that matters.
“We just hope the baby is ok,” Campbell said. “Animal control has him and he is being put down. That’s all we can do.”
Detroit animal control is investigating the incident. So far, no charges have been filed against the dog’s owner.