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December 06, 2004
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Cop Bags Pit Bull in Brighton Bite Spree

Boston Animal Control Officer brings out the dog to an waiting truck. (Staff Photo by Matt Stone)

A visiting pit bull terrorized an apartment building in Brighton last night, biting the arms of its owner, her friend and the cop who responded before it was subdued with a beanbag blast from a shotgun, police said.

The pooch was running around the fourth floor hallway before a supervisor shot it in the side with the less-lethal bean bag gun and it retreated to the blood-stained Commonwealth Avenue apartment. The dog was hauled off by animal control officers.

"There was blood smeared on the door and the inside (of the apartment)," neighbor Degory Brownell told WHDH-TV (Ch. 7).

All three victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after the 6:30 p.m. attack.

Building management said the dog does not live in the Commonwealth Avenue apartment building, but neighbors said they''ve had run-ins with it before.

"I actually had an incident with the dog where it was barking at me and trying to jump at me while I was going up the stairs," Matthew Adams told Ch. 7. "I''ve seen the dog and I definitely think it''s a hazard."

A second dog in the apartment described as an older mutt was not involved in the attack.

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