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Sergeant forced to kill pit bull that attacked 2 in Englewood

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16-year-old who survived pit bull attack 16-year-old who survived pit bull attack
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A pit bull that had already attacked one person in the South Side Englewood neighborhood Wednesday morning was shot dead by a Chicago Police sergeant as it attacked a 16-year-old boy on his way to school.

The first incident involving the dog occurred just before 8 a.m. in the 5900 block of South Eggleston Avenue, when the dog attacked a man, biting him in the legs, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

A beat car responded and did not find the dog, but a sergeant on patrol in the area looking for the pit bull was flagged down by neighbors who said the dog was now in the 5900 block of South Stewart, about a block away from the attack on the man.

16-year-old Tyrell Henry had just gotten off a bus and was headed to school when the pit bull saw him, and lunged after him, Mirabelli said.

"I was on my way to school, I had just gotten off the bus, I was walking down the street and I heard this chain rattle," Henry explains. "So I stopped and I looked at it, it didn't bark, it didn't do nothing, it just looked at me and then I was starting to walk off and it just grabbed my leg, it just bit into my leg."

The dog was biting the boy on the legs and feet, and the sergeant got out of his squad car and began shouting at the dog in an attempt to divert his attention, but the dog continued to attack the boy, Mirabelli said.

"I was trying to fight it off and my leg just gave out and I dropped to the floor," Henry says.

As soon as the dog was a safe distance from the boy so the sergeant could get a clear shot, he fired at the dog, fatally wounding it.

The attack comes just four days before the start of National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Chicago ranked number three on a list of cities with the most dog-bite related insurance claims.

"The number one thing is to not run away when a dog is running at you," veterinarian Julia Georgesen says. "The best thing to do is to stand still and avoid eye contact. If you do get knocked on the ground, protect your head and neck."

The Henry family is thankful Tyrell survived thanks to a quick thinking police sergeant.

"I'd like to thank him because when he was telling me what happened to him, he could have been dead," the teen says. "I just want to say thank you, I don't know what would have happened if he wasn't there, it probably would have been way worse."

Henry was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital with bite wounds to his feet and legs, police said. The victim of the first attack was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with injuries to his legs, Mirabelli said.

Police are now trying to find the owner of the dog.

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The AVMA offers these tips to help prevent a dog bite:

●Don't run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.

●Never disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.

●If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.

●If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don't scream or yell. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don't turn and run.

●If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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