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A Berwyn officer suffered a leg injury when police shot two pit bulls after a small dog was killed and its owner attacked this morning, authorities and witnesses said.
The officer was treated and released from a local hospital after suffering minor injuries to his left and right calves, possibly from something sent flying during the shooting of the first pit bull, but not from a bullet, police said. The woman who tried to protect her small dog was being treated for injuries including a bite from the pit bull that attacker her dog, said Berwyn Police Chief James Ritz, in a news release.
The woman was walking her dog around 7:40 a.m. near the intersection of 27th Street and Ridgeland Avenue when a pit bull ran up, according to Luis Lopez, who lives across the street. The pit bull was known in the neighborhood for attacking other dogs, so the woman scooped her small dog into her arms, witnesses said.
But the pit bull attacked her and mauled the small dog, killing it, Lopez said. It then ran back into a yard, where there was another pit bull, police said.
Police received numerous 911 calls about the attack, and arrived to find that one pit bull had gone under a fence and attacked the small dog, Ritz said at the scene.
“The pit bulls were very aggressive, very dangerous. It was an extremely dangerous situation,” Ritz said.
One of the dogs jumped the front fence, and started after both officers and children who were walking to school in the area, Ritz said in the release. The second dog also jumped the fence in the back of the yard. Officers tried to subdue the dogs but had to shoot them, with the officer injured as the first dog was being shot, Ritz said.
“It was just chaos,” Ritz said.
“There were so many shots,” said Mary Noriega, 76, who also lives across the street.
Noriega said “there were a lot of children going to school” when the dogs attacked, but they were farther away by the time officers opened fire on the pit bulls.
Police were investigating whether to charge the dogs’ owners, Ritz said. The dogs were taken to a local animal hospital to be tested for rabies and other diseases, Ritz said this afternoon. Ritz could not confirm whether police have been called to the building before.