Jun 24, 2010
Police Shot Dog 9 Times To Stop Attack ― Two people, including a 5-year-old boy, were seriously injured in a dog attack in Lakeville Wednesday afternoon. It took nine gunshots to stop the dog's attack.
It happened just after 4:15 p.m. at 4 Helen Street while a woman was babysitting her neighbor. Police say Karen Bruno O'Leary, 38, was babysitting the boy and her one-year-old, 110 pound American bulldog went after him.
She stepped in and the dog started to attack her.
O'Leary's 5-year-old daughter called 911, and when police officers arrived at the house, the dog was still attached to O'Leary's arm.
An officer was able to distract the dog away from the woman and other workers got O'Leary out of the home.
The officer shot the dog three times, but then it started paying attention to the crews that were working on its owner. Another officer fired six more shots killing the dog.
The boy had run out of the home before emergency crews arrived.
The woman was able to tell emergency workers about the boy, and they found him a short ways from the house with severe facial wounds.
The 5-year-old boy was first taken to Morton Hospital, and then transferred by MedFlight to Boston Children's Hospital.
O'Leary was taken by MedFlight to Beth Israel Hospital. Wednesday night hospital officials said she was in good condition.
According to authorities, there are no previous reports involving the dog.
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