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Only on 7: 'Bloodthirsty' dogs attack children playing in Northeast

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A previous version of this story misidentified two people. This story has been updated.

No one in the neighborhood knows exactly who the dogs belong to and no neighbor has stepped up to take responsibility. But many neighbors have said that they've seen the dogs through the window of a nearby apartment building. But never, they say, have these two dogs been seen outside.

Andrew Wilkis, right, describes the vicious dog attacks he was injured in Friday night as he stepped in to save children. Photo: ABC7

"We don’t know where they are," MPD Cmdr. Andrew Solberg said. "We got a report that someone pout them in a car that night and took them away."

At the scene, a trail of bloody paw prints still leads down the sidewalk, up the steps and into the apartment building. Inside, there was blood on the floor and ceiling of the apartment's lobby. Neighbors are demanding that their neighbor, whomever they are, will take responsibility.

"These dogs were obviously trained to be cruel to be mean to be vicious," another neighbor and eyewitness said, "It's bloodshed."

And the children and adults today said they'll continue to look over their shoulder in the neighborhood until they know the dogs are still not on the loose.

"Any dog that comes by you hear the chain, people are reacting. People are scared now and we need to know that these dogs are caught," neighbor Aliya Rocker-Patterson said.

Police and animal control were in the neighborhood today investigating the incident. Meanwhile, neighbors are applauding their own local hero.

"I had to sacrifice myself," Hawthorne said. "I don't think of myself as a hero. This is my community."

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