Neighbors rush to save boy’s life following dog attack

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An Indianapolis boy’s neighbors are credited with saving his life following a vicious dog attack.

Officers were called to the 200 block of North Tacoma Street on reports of a dog attack around 5 p.m. Friday.

According to police, the boy was on his way to get a drink of water when another child let the dog, which is a pit bull, out of its cage. The dog latched onto the boy’s leg and continued attacking him as he tried to escape to the porch.

A group of neighbors saw the boy struggling and sprang into action. One neighbor grabbed the dog’s head and another hit it with a curtain rod and then stabbed it. The neighbor threw the dog off the porch and shot it multiple times, killing it.

“[The boy] was already all white, lips all blue and he was passing out,” said Robin Franklin, who lives across the street. “I tried to poke the dog and the kids had a curtain rod and they tried poking it at his head and tried to stab its eye, but that wasn’t working.”

The dog belongs to the boyfriend of the boy’s mother. She told police that the dog was caged because it had shown aggression on previous occasions. Police records indicate the dog’s owner was cited for an attack back in May of 2012.

The child was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical condition. He suffered deep puncture wounds to his legs and arm. At last check, the boy was in fair condition.

Originally, the victim was reported to be a 12-year-old girl. Police have since issued a clarification.