Pit bulls attack 3 people, dog in Phoenix neighborhood

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
Baby had to be put down after she was attacked by two pit bulls. By Jennifer Thomas Baby had to be put down after she was attacked by two pit bulls. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Two pit bulls running loose in a north Phoenix neighborhood Tuesday morning attacked three people and another dog before being captured.

Phoenix police and fire departments responded to a home near Union Hills Drive and 22nd Avenue at approximately 8 a.m. where the pit bulls attacked a small dog in the front yard.

The small dog's 49-year-old owner tried to break up the dogfight and was bitten on his face and arm. His son tried to help and he was also bitten.

The pit bulls then ran about a half mile and attacked a 63-year-old man who was working on remodeling a nearby home. The man reportedly was bitten on his arm, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department.

One of the pit bulls, which was black with white spots, was captured at the scene by police and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Police officers followed the white pit bull to a neighborhood near Interstate 17 and Thunderbird Road where it was cornered and captured.

All three victims were transported to local hospitals, but none of the bites were serious, according to Lt. John Reynolds with Animal Care and Control.

The small dog that was attacked was taken to a veterinarian and had to be put down due to her injuries. The family had owned Baby, who was blind and diabetic, for eight years.

At this time, there is no word on who or where the dogs' owner is. Neither dog was wearing a license.

The owner could face charges.