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Pit bulls attack boy, puppy in Germantown

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Animal Control officers in Germantown are on the hunt for the owner of a pair of pit bulls blamed in the attack of a 10-year-old boy and his puppy Saturday afternoon.

This 8-week-old puppy is recovering from a broken jaw and two broken legs following an attack by two pit bulls.

The two pit bulls grabbed the puppy from the arms of his owner, breaking the puppy's jaw and two legs. The boy was also bitten on his hands and arms.

Larry Solomon heard the boy's calls for help and ran from his home to try and help.

"It was awful," Solomon said. "... he was screaming at the dogs to leave him alone and let go. The dogs were jumping on him and biting him on the arms. They were scratching, and they actually grabbed the puppy out of his arms. [They were] starting to try and kill it."

The dogs finally stopped once a neighbor hit them with a garden hose.

Omar Amaya and his dog, Rhino, ran into the same vicious pair last week. Rhino, a gentle pit bull, was no match.

"They ran after him and attacked him on the neck and hind legs," Amaya recalled.

Luckily, a week later, Rhino is healing well.

Animal Control seized the culprits, a male and female, Saturday afternoon from someone described as a caretaker. That person was given six citations, but authorities are still working to locate the owner of the dogs. The results of an ongoing investigation will determine the future of the pit bull pair.

The mother of the boy they attacked plans to sue their owner and declines an on camera interview.

Meanwhile, Solomon says he just hopes people don't blame the breed.

"I blame the owners of the dogs. The dogs are a reflection of the owners," Solomon continued.

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