Dog Attack

Two Dogs Attack 1-Year-Old Girl in Northeast Philadelphia

Police said the two dogs, believed to be pit bulls, were shot and killed following the attack

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A 1-year-old girl was hospitalized after two dogs attacked her on the deck of a Northeast Philadelphia home Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The two dogs bit the little girl multiple times throughout her body, Philadelphia police said. It happened just before 12 p.m. in the 2200 block of Brighton Street.

Police said the two dogs, believed to be pit bulls, mauled the toddler on a back deck.

Two adults were in the home at the time of the attack, police said. One of them opened fire on the dogs, firing at least a dozen times, and killed them.

Investigators said the two adults then rushed the toddler to an area hospital where she was stabilized before being taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was listed in critical condition.

Neighbors told NBC10 they hadn't heard of issues with these dogs before.

"They seemed pretty tame from what I saw," neighbor John said. "I was able to walk up to my house, and they would look, but they wouldn't respond in an aggressive manner."

Police said when first responders arrived, no one was home.

As of Tuesday night, no one had come forward to say they own the dogs, or to say they shot them, either, police said.

Detectives were executing a search warrant for the house to see if there are any other weapons inside. However, police said unless the shooter is a convicted felon, there wasn't a crime committed.

No one has been arrested at this time.

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