PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) â€” A dog attack in the Port Richmond section of the city Wednesday evening has left a toddler dead, a neighborhood reeling and police investigating what happened.
Jason Rash said he was at his home on Agate Street when he heard screaming, crying and dogs barking. He ran across the street to the front door of the house where the noise was coming from.
“I’ve never seen nothing like that before in my life â€” never. They were biting on the baby. The dogs had blood all over them,” he said.
Rash said the young boy’s aunt begged him to help, but there was nothing he could do.
“She wanted us to run in and try and grab the baby, but there was no way for us to get in there,” he said. “If we would have went in there we would be laying on the floor, too.”
Ryan Schultze was walking down the street when he heard barking and screaming coming from the house.
When he got to the front door, he saw a small boy being maimed by a group of pit bulls.
“I was trying to help him,” he said. “I was trying to grab my friend’s gun so I could get rid of the dogs so the dogs would stop.”
Schultze said there was little he could do as he witnessed the boy’s aunt struggle to get him away from the dogs.
“Every time she picked the baby up the dogs would grab the ankles and rip the baby down,” he said.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said officials arrived to a horrific scene.
“They could see through the front door that a small child was laying on the living room floor, being attacked by about five pit bulls,” he said.Â “He was unconcious, numerous injuries, bleeding heavily.”
Small said police shot three of the dogs, clearing a way for first responders to rescue the 2-year-old boy and take him to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
“Doctors worked on him at the hospital, however,” Small said, “tragically he was pronounced dead.”
Of the animals involved, one dog was killed, two were injured and two put into cages.
Family members at the house were taken in for questioning by police.