Second dog captured after attacking kids

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A second pitbull that attacked a group of children at an east Savannah park has been captured.

At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, two dogs went into the Treat Park at Treat Avenue and Gabel Street and attacked children who were playing on gym equipment.

Javon Roberson, 7, remains in critical condition and is in intensive care at Memorial University Medical Center, according to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

The dogs pulled Javon off the swing and began biting his face and legs. The dogs also nipped at the clothing of a young girl. She climbed to the top of a double slide that has a gym on top of it to get away from the dogs.

Bystanders beat the smaller of the two dogs unconscious with bricks to get her to release her hold on the child's face, according to police. Neighbors chased away the other dog that went after children on the sliding board by hitting it with bricks and firing a gun at it.

The larger dog ran a block to the end of Gabel Street, where she was shot with a tranquilizer gun by a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Animal Control officer, according to police. The dog then ran into a thickly wooded area and hid from patrol and animal control until officers from the Islands Precinct located her before 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Animal control officers soon captured her.

The dogs wore collars but had no identifying tags. The smaller dog was euthanized and was sent to Chatham County Environmental Health to be checked for rabies. The larger dog will be quarantined for 10 days, according to SCMPD.

Police are seeking the owner of the two dogs.

Those with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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