Monday, November 19, 2007
Los Angeles, CA - Two Los Angeles Police Detectives rescued a man from a savage mauling by a pit bull. On Monday, November 12, 2007, around 7:00 a.m., South Bureau Gang/Homicide Detectives Mark Hahn and Andy Moody were in the area of 97th Street and Hoover Street on an unrelated matter. As they sat in their car they heard screams and cries for help.
Their attention was drawn to a 53-year old man who was down on the ground and being attacked by a pit bull. The man was attempting to escape the dog's attack by crawling under a parked vehicle nearby. Both Detectives ran toward the man and to their horror watched as the dog locked his teeth into the mans leg and drug him out from under the car, only to begin mauling him once again.
One neighbor came out and threw a bucket of water on the dog in an attempt to divert its attention, with no affect. Detective Moody then grabbed a metal shovel that had been lying on the sidewalk and hit the dog in the head. The dog was unfazed and continued to bite the face and head of the victim. A second strike with the shovel momentarily diverted the dog's attention, allowing Detective Hahn to position himself between the dog and the man to protect the victim from further injury.
Within seconds the dog charged towards Detective Hahn and the downed victim and Detective Hahn fired one round from his handgun, striking the dog in the chest. Wounded, the dog ran into the neighborhood and crawled under an abandoned pickup truck about a mile away. At this time, Detectives Moody and Hahn provided aid to the victim until paramedics arrived. He was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for severe bite injuries to his head, face, arms and legs.
It was later learned that the victim had been pet sitting for the dog's owner and was attacked for no apparent reason as he left for work. Los Angeles Animal Control Officers responded and took custody of the injured dog.
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