D.C. Man Shoots Pitbulls Who Were Mauling Child, May Face Gun Charges?

Posted on January 30, 2013


Washington D.C. (The Gaslamp Post) – A man who rescued a child being attacked by a group of pit bulls may be facing charges for responding with a handgun.  The attack left the boy traumatized and in need of surgery.

At around 1:00 pm on January 20, 2013, in a northwest neighborhood in the D.C. area, an 11-year-old boy was riding his new bike and had just turned out from an alley.  According to his uncle, the boy had just turned the corner when he accidentally ran into the group of unleashed, unsupervised dogs.

The dogs described as pit bulls then attacked him and began mauling his extremities.  A neighbor who had witnessed the attack ran into his home and retrieved his handgun.  The neighbor then ran to the boys aid and fired at one of dogs, fatally wounding it.

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Romans 15:1-2

A police officer who happened to be on bicycle patrol nearby responded to the gunshot and found the man and child struggling with the animals.  The officer drew his duty weapon and shot the remaining two dogs.

The dog’s owner was charged $75 for not having his dogs leashed and another $100 for “menacing people.”

Meanwhile, the man who originally came to the boy’s rescue may be facing charges for discharging a firearm.  D.C. police say that they are reviewing the details of the case and may charge the man under D.C.’s strict gun laws.

A bloody trail and paw prints remained days after the attack from where one of the dogs limped off only to die a short distance away.  The boy required extensive surgery to address puncture wounds he suffered to his legs, arms, stomach, and chest.

According to The Washington Post, the boy also suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot, but D.C. police are not saying whether it was the officer of neighbor who hit him.

“The injuries are terrible,” the boy’s uncle said, adding that he saw all three dogs with their teeth clenched on the youth’s extremities when the neighbor and officer opened fire. “This boy is traumatized,” the man said. “He told me doesn’t want to go outside anymore. He’s too scared.”