A pedestrian, two Good Samaritans and a Postal carrier were all attacked by two loose Pit Bulls in an ugly street scene in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Monday, March 11.
Sioux Falls Police Department and Animal Control responded to an emergency call for a dog attack at 13th Street and Williams Avenue around 1:30 p.m., the Argus Leader reports.
When they arrived they learned that a 53-year-old man had been walking down the street when he was suddenly attacked by the two Pit Bulls, a black and brindle female and a tan and white male.
A 24-year-old male who was driving by saw the attack in progress and began honking his horn at the dogs to try to distract and stop them. When the horn was not effective, he exited his vehicle to help the victim and was immediately attacked himself.
A 35-year-old male resident nearby heard the commotion and came out of his house with a large piece of wood. He was finally able to stop the dogs, who were continuing their attack the first two victims. But he also was bitten.
As the Pit Bulls were running away from the area, they encountered the USPS mail carrier who had witnessed the initial attack and called 911. The dogs then attacked the Postal carrier.
Police and Animal Control arrived and the Pit Bulls were located and captured. Both dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations and city licenses, according to the police report.
Three of the victims--the 53-year-old man who was first attacked, the 24-year-old who tried to help him and the Postal carrier--were all transported to a local hospital for treatment. The 35-year-old hero who stopped the attack refused medical treatment for a minor injury.
Joseph Lenis, 27, who owns the dogs, was cited for two counts of animals running at large the Argus Leader reports.
Source: Argus Leader