Skip to comments.BODY CAM: Sierra Vista Officers save nine-year-old during dog attack (Video at Link)
Posted on 10/21/2018 8:45:57 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Footage from officers' body cameras shows the quick actions to save a nine-year-old being attacked by large dogs in his gated yard last month.
Through a public records request, Tucson News Now obtained footage from cameras worn by four of the eleven Sierra Vista Police Officers who responded to the home on the evening of September 26, 2018.
A call to 911, also obtained through a public records request, shared the frantic call for help by a bike rider who saw the attack through the large gate on the private property.
We were biking by, and theres like a guy in his yard being attacked by these dogs, I dont know whats happening," the man told the dispatcher.
One officers body camera started recording as a taser was deployed over the tall gate at the home off Oriole Drive and El Camino Real. In the footage, very hard to watch at some moments, you can hear the boy screaming and several dogs barking.
Get the pepper spray," can be heard on the footage from one officer to another. I got it, spray those dogs.. spray 'em."
Sergeant Brian Sebastian, Spokesman for the Sierra Vista Police Department, said one officer deployed two taser cartridges, getting two of the three large, mastiff-style dogs away from the boy. In the following seconds, two officers shared concerns on getting the nine-year-old to safety.
Patient is still moving, medics wont be able to get to her right now, we got to control the dogs," one officer said over a radio, as another requests to make a call to get to the boy.
Permission to shoot these three dogs, so we can get to the patient," he said. Seconds later, there are four rounds of shots. Officers then climb the gate and open it to get the wounded boy.
The boy told officers the dogs started attacking him when he went to let them out. The officers carried him out of the yard and onto the driveway, as they wait for paramedics.
The young boy told officers the dogs ripped his clothes off. He said his mom was out of town and his dad was at work at the time of the attack. He also told officers the dogs were his dads dogs and that they protect the home.
A total of 17 shots were fired, nine from pistols and eight from rifles. Sgt. Sebastian said the three dogs involved in the attack were killed. A fourth dog was shot and killed within the yard when it appeared to charge at an officer.
They got there quickly, they made timely, courageous decisions. We think that both that citizen passing by and our officers arriving quickly probably saved this childs life," Sgt. Sebastian said during an interview last month.
The boy, who was severely bitten, was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. As of last week, Sgt. Sebastian said it was assumed the boy had been released from the hospital.
The Sierra Vista Special Operations Bureau and child services were investigating the incident and Sgt. Sebastian said the department would not be releasing any more details at this time.
We were told if charges are filed, it would be through the Cochise County Attorneys Office. We are waiting to hear back from County Attorney Brian McIntyre.
According to the Sierra Vista Animal Control Code, there is not a limit on how many animals someone can have at their home, but those animals must be licensed. At the time of the attack, Sgt. Sebastian said it appeared all the dogs on the property did have proper registration.
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Glad to heard the dogs were licensed...
...hear... damned Otto Kor Wrecked.
There’s a lot more to this story. Does the kid live there? Why did the dogs attack him? Did the dogs believe the kid to be an invader? Were the dogs doing exactly what they were trained to do to strangers entering the property. Was the kid there to rob the father? Did the kid kick or otherwise do harm to one of the dogs? Dogs will clan together to stop a threat to one of their own.
So many questions with no answers. The dogs didn’t maul the kid. The dogs grabbed the clothes.
For now I’m blaming the kid with the info given for the dogs being killed. What little of the dogs we could see in the video; it’s clear to me they were simply being good watch dogs and not “killer dogs”.
I doubt we ever get the full story. We never do on these dog attacks. What a shame to lose 4 good dogs for the actions of an ignorant, maybe thief, kid.
From the story:
The boy, who was severely bitten,
"The boy told officers the dogs started attacking him when he went to let them out. The officers carried him out of the yard and onto the driveway, as they wait for paramedics."
"The young boy told officers the dogs ripped his clothes off. He said his mom was out of town and his dad was at work at the time of the attack. He also told officers the dogs were his dads dogs and that they protect the home."
This reporter will soon be fired for forgetting to call the dogs pitbulls.
Even with the limited details presented in the article, you have to be one sick puppy to write what you did, Boomer.
Hmm interesting. I’ll pass on watching A. A video of someone being attacked by dogs and B. dogs being shot.
A 9 yo at home by himself? That’s illegal in some states.
The kid was talking to the cops afterwards, so he was alive. They were pit bulls and that’s why they attacked. The 9 year old was attacked by the dad’s dogs, so he was not an intruder. And yes, while being mauled i would bet he kicked back.
Moron pit bull defenders.
And glad the cops mowed em down. Freaking menaces.
Dogs ID as Mastiff type, not as pit bulls. Minor point of order, as “Mastiff type” could include pit bull or pit bull cross.
Difference without distinction. Put bull people use dozens of alternative names for big headed fighting dogs.
are not pit bulls.
Not that that matters to those with an irrational hatred of certain breeds.
most of your questions are answered in post at top and it seems you are wrong about many of your questions.
Is that hatred really irrational?
Quit with all the pit bull hating, will ya? Not every pit bull is a disaster waiting to happen.
Let me give you an example. A close relative of mine had a pit bull as a pet, not as a guard dog. The dog was treated very well, lovingly in fact. And there was never any problem.
Except for the time the dog broke loose and savaged the UPS man.
Oh, wait. You might be right.
Citizens should only be allowed to have little yappy jerk dogs!
(There is a pit cross sleeping next to me as I type, I have to be quiet, I am so frightened.....)
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