WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A 74-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after he was attacked by two pit bulls in D.C. on Tuesday morning, say emergency officials
The attack happened around 6:50 a.m. in the 400 block of 36 Street, NE in Washington.
We are told 74-year-old Sawney Brown Bell was walking to a bus stop down Eads Street when the attack happened. Bell's son says that he walks his elderly mother to the bus stop and then leaves for work. His father was the last to leave the house.
Neighbors and the ANC commissioner say that the dogs escaped a lot belonging to Towing Pros and made their way through a gap in the fence or side alley before attacking Bell. The neighbors say that the dogs appeared to be trying to "eat" Bell. They also say that a homeowner nearby ran down the street with a shovel and let his dog chase the attacking dogs away.
Bell's injuries are being described as serious and life-threatening, officials said. He has bites on his head, face, arms and legs, according to witnesses.
Animal Control was notified. Both dogs were captured and placed in their custody. The dogs are currently being assessed.
The ANC commissions says that she will be talking to the police chief about the incident. Neighbors say that they are not completely surprised by the attack: 3 months ago the same two dogs attacked a homeless man, they say.
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