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Man severely injured in dog attack

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man was severely injured Monday morning after two dogs attacked him in the Franklinville section of Philadelphia. One of the dogs is dead, and the other is still on the loose.

Authorities are working to find out who the dogs belong to.

Javier Ortiz says a terrifying yell woke him from his sleep around 4:30 a.m.

“I hear a scream. Help! Help! Help! Help me!” Ortiz said.

He says he saw a bull mastiff and a pitbull attacking a man on the corner of 6th and Tioga. He says parts of the man’s skin were ripped to shreds.

“I saw a dog turn him around, put him over there, where the blood is,” he said.

Ortiz says that’s when he jumped into action.

“I called the cops and said, ‘Lady, they are attacking. Attacking.’ I called them again. ‘They’re tearing him apart you better come real fast.’ And they came real fast.”

Another neighbor tried to help the man, but the dogs were so vicious that he was forced to back off.

Ortiz says when police got to the scene, they took aim at the bull mastif.

“There were about four cops, and they shot him down,” he said.

He says the other dog was able to get away, even after being shot.

The man was taken to Temple University Hospital.

Susan Russell with Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control team says they were called in to pick up the dead dog.

“Next step is rabies testing,” Russell said. 

She says they’ll also scan the dog for a chip as they work to find the owner.

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