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May 01, 2015

Police officer shoots pit bull in attack on Lawncrest teen

A sixteen-year-old boy was mauled by a pit bull on Friday night in Lawncrest, prompting police to shoot and kill the animal. 

According to NBC 10, police from the Philadelphia's 2nd District arrived at an alley behind the 200 block of Higbee Street after receiving a 911 call at around 7:30 p.m. about a person screaming. 

The officers reportedly found the pit bull mauling the teen's face and arms. Despite using a stun gun on the dog two times, the attack continued. An officer then fired at the dog and grazed it, according to investigators. 

Medics rushed the teen to Einstein Medical Center, where his condition was updated from critical to stable, police said. 

The dog was contained after the incident but no word was given on whether or not the animal survived. No officers were injured during the attack and no information has been released about the owner of the dog.