The Sierra Vista Police Department responded to a report of several large dogs attacking a young boy in the yard of a residence located in the 2900 block of Oriole Drive on Wednesday at 5:36 p.m.
The victim, a 9-year-old Sierra Vista resident, sustained serious injuries in the attack but is reported to be in stable condition. The boy initially received treatment at Canyon Vista Medical Center before being transported to Tucson for additional treatment.
SVPD officers responded to the area after a passerby called 911 to report witnessing multiple dogs biting a young boy inside a fenced yard. One officer used a Taser from outside the yard to chase the dogs away from the victim, who was lying on the ground near the street inside the fenced yard. After it became clear the victim could not reach the gate and the dogs remained in the immediate area, an officer shot the dogs with a handgun in order to ensure timely medical care was provided to the victim, who had clearly sustained serious injuries.
Officers rescued the victim from the yard and brought him to Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services personnel in the driveway so he could receive treatment and transport. Simultaneously, other officers checked the rest of the yard and ultimately euthanized the dogs initially shot near the gate. There were a number of additional dogs, mostly appearing to be mastiff’s, on the property in a separately fenced area. A fourth dog was shot and killed within the yard when it appeared to charge at an officer.
“We are deeply saddened by the need to kill four dogs involved in this incident but understand that our officers did not take these actions lightly,” SVPD Spokesperson Sgt. Brian Sebastian says. “We are proud of the courageous, measured, and rapid response of our patrol officers, who likely saved the life of a 9-year-old boy last night.”
The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with relevant information is asked to contact SVPD Detective Andrew Haldorson at (520) 458-3311.