Chicago - An 8-year-old boy was severely mauled by a pit bull in the Chatham neighborhood and might have been killed had it not been for the intervention of 48 year-old man, Danell Nicholson, a former US Olympic team boxer.
|Hero Olympic Athlete, Danell Nicholson|
Nicholson recognized the boy as a friend of his niece's. A former 1992 U.S. Olympic team boxer, he raced to help, but soon found himself being attacked as well.
"I'm trying to get the dog off him, so I finally got the dog, beating him off him, the dog attacks me," he said. "Luckily I had some kind of skill boxing. It really helped me out of that battle.”’
The pit bull escaped from its 73 year-old owner’s home, ran outside and mauled the 8 year-old boy’s leg and then mauled his rescuer’s face. Both victims were initially taken to the MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, but the child was transported to Christ Hospital, which has a Level I trauma center, because of the severity of his injuries. He may have permanent damage to one of his legs.
The dog’s owner was cited for failure to restrain the dog and for not having a dog license. And get this - police don’t know if the animal was seized by Animal Care & Control.
Either the reporter was too lazy to call CACC or the public servants at Chicago Animal Care and Control are flat out refusing talk to reporters or police at all regarding a human health and safety issue they are legally responsible for.
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