Police say pit bull euthanized after attack sends 2 people to hospital


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A dog attack in Providence sent two people to the hospital Wednesday morning, according to city police.

The incident took place outside of a multi-family home on Smith Street. Commander Thomas Verdi tells 12 News that when officers arrived on scene, a husky mix was being attacked by two pit bulls, which were unleashed.

The 14-year-old owner of the husky was bitten multiple times while trying to intervene, Verdi said, and the 20-year-old owner of the pit bulls was also bitten trying to break it up. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and are expected to recover.

One of the pit bulls ran back inside the house after police arrived, but the other remained outdoors, acting aggressively and erratically, Verdi said. After a stun gun proved ineffective, four officers shot the pit bull, which was later euthanized at an animal hospital.

The husky is still alive, according to Verdi.

He said the second pit bull involved in the attack and a third that wasn’t involved were seized by police and transported to animal control, which is now investigating and will determine if there will be a vicious dog hearing.

Verdi also said several children were secured in their rooms, away from the dogs, and had to be removed through windows. The fire department used a ladder truck to retrieve one girl from the second floor, while at least three were removed from the first floor.

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