Two men were injured Saturday in Prince George’s County when they were attacked by two loose dogs, police said. Officers shot and killed one dog and the other strangled on a control device, the police said.
One of the men attacked, a 72-year-old who had been standing at a bus stop, was dragged down the street during the incident in the 6600 block of Hil-Mar Drive in the District Heights area, the police said. He had serious injuries to his face and hands, the police said.
The other man, who was 52, tried to escape the dogs by climbing on a car, but the dogs pulled him off his perch, the police said.
Officers arrived on the scene around 11:15 a.m. as the 52-year-old was being attacked by both dogs. The officers obtained a dog pole, an animal control device, and used it to get one of the dogs off the man. A dog pole has a kind of noose at its end.
The dog, which had been acting in a “very aggressive way” strangled itself on the pole, said Jennifer Donelan, the chief police spokeswoman.
The other dog went into a yard, and then tried to attack three officers, Donelan said.
She said on the dog’s second attempt to attack, police shot and killed the dog.
It was not clear who owned the dogs, or what breed they were.
Donelan said bystanders and neighbors had tried to help the 72- year- old as he was being dragged. They grabbed sticks and trash cans to use, she said, but their efforts were unavailing. according to Donelan.