Tulsa Teenager Saves Boy
Tulsa, OK - A Tulsa teenage saved a child who was being attacked by a pair of pit bulls Saturday afternoon. Cody Phillips, 17, was cleaning the garage when he heard his mother scream, "They're attacking him!" Phillips, a Union High School student, rushed to the child's aid, scaring the dogs away. Sgt. Jeff Davis calls the teenager a hero.
The boy, whose identity wasn't released, sustained multiple bites on his head and legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is doing okay. Initially, it was reported that the boy climbed over a 6-foot fence and into an adjacent yard where the two dogs lived. It is now believed that the boy approached the fence and was pulled through an opening by the dogs (a pit bull and a shar pei).
Officers shot and killed one of the dogs. The other was taken to the Tulsa Animal Shelter and will undergo rabies quarantine. The dogs' owners were out of town at the time of the attack, and according to sources, 24 hours later were still away. Authorities said the owners could be cited if animal control officers discover that the dogs have a history of being vicious.
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