Two people hurt, one seriously, in pitbull attack in Syracuse

The house on Pattison Street where a pitbull attacked two people. The car on the right of the picture is the one the kids climbed onto to escape from the dog.

Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, were attacked by a pitbull in Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon.

Syracuse Police were called to 211 Pattison Street for a reported dog attack. Responding officers found a 59-year-old man with severe bite wounds on his arm and a 14-year-old boy who had been bitten on his inner thigh, according to police. His injuries were considered minor.

The investigation showed that the dog had been let out by a woman who was watching the dog for her son, who is incarcerated. The dog was unleashed in the front yard of the home when two young boys walked by. The dog reportedly chased the boys down Pattison Street, eventually biting the 14-year-old in the thigh.

Police say the two boys climbed on top of a car to get away from the dog. The husband of the woman who let the dog out intervened, and in the process was bitten several times by the dog on his arm, causing severe injuries, officers say. Both the boy and the 59-year-old man were taken to University Hospital for treatment.

Syracuse City Animal Control officers took the dog, and ticketed the woman who let the dog out. Police say the dog has reportedly bitten people before.