PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A deputy open fire on a dog after three of them reportedly attacked two people in Shady Hills Thursday, authorities said. The dog was euthanized after the incident.
Officials tell News Channel 8 the dogs involved were full pit bulls.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office got word of two dog attacks in front of homes in the area of Crews Lake Park shortly before 7 a.m.
Based on preliminary information, a 15-year-old boy was bitten on the leg as he was either walking to school or waiting for a bus. He sustained minor injuries.
An elderly man was attacked in a separate location and is said to have serious injuries, authorities said. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kevin Doll said the man was chewed up pretty badly.
That man’s daughter told News Channel 8, he’s hurt pretty bad.
“They just came up on him and they didn’t bark or nothing,” said Kimberly Best.
Best says her father had to get 40 stitches on his left hand and legs.
“One bit him on the butt and knocked him down and they just started biting on him,” she added.
The two other dogs involved in the attack have since been impounded.
Two puppies at the scene also belonged to the owner, but were not involved in the attack.
An investigation is ongoing.