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Boy recovering after being bitten in leg during dog attack


LORAIN — A 9-year-old boy is recovering after being attacked Monday by a pit bull that police fatally shot.

Joshua Ellis sustained a bite wound to his upper left thigh, according to police Officer Corey Middlebrooks’ report. Joshua was attacked outside his home at 675 W. 13th St., about 3:55 p.m.

Kristen Tucker, Joshua’s aunt, said she was in her home, heard yelling outside and found the pit bull on top of Joshua. Tucker’s Labrador intervened and the two dogs were fighting when police arrived, Middlebrooks wrote.

The two dogs were shocked with Tasers at least three times before the Labrador ran up on the porch of his home with the pit bull following and continuing to nip at the Lab. Sgt. Marty Carreon fired at the pit bull, and the dog ran off the porch. The dog was then fatally shot by police officer Matthew Bonkoski.

Larry Edwards Sr., who said he was taking care of the dog for a man he wouldn’t identify, had his right index finger bitten by the pit bull when he tried to pull it off Joshua, Middlebrooks wrote. Edwards, 54, of the 600 block of West 13th Street, was cited for having a dog at large.

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