Pit bull mauls 12-year-old Washington boy

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WASHINGTON, La. (AP) – Police say a 12-year-old Washington boy is in the hospital after a pit bull attack.Police Chief Ronelle Broussard tells The Advertiser his office was informed of the attack around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.Broussard says the animal allegedly attacked the investigating officer, forcing the officer to shoot and kill the dog.

Opelousas General Health System admitted the boy for injuries to his arm and stomach.Broussard said officers arrested the dog’s owner on suspicion he has violated the town’s pit bull ordinance.The St. Landry Parish town passed an ordinance in 2012 requiring pit bulls to be kept on leashes with muzzles or in kennels with secure roofs and floors at all times.

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