7-Year-Old, Officer Bitten by Pit Bull in Shelltown

Officers initially called to scene on a report of trespassing, according to police

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Sunday, Feb 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:17 PM PDT
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What started as a police report about trespassers ended with a child and a San Diego police officer being bit by a pit bull in the Shelltown area on Sunday afternoon, according to San Diego police.

Officers responded to a call of trespassers at a home in the 4000 block of Epsilon St. just before 12:30 p.m., said an SDPD dispatcher.

Apparently the trespassers, identified as a man and a woman, had been in the home since the night before, police said. Officers also found three pit bulls, two adults and one puppy, roaming free.

As officers conducted an investigation of the area, a woman and her seven-year-old son were walking in front of the home.

At some point, one of the dogs came into contact with the child and bit him in the hand, police said. When an officer went to help the child, he was also bit  in the hand, according to police.

Both the boy and the officer were taken to an area hospital and it wasn't immediately clear if Animal Control took the dogs.

As for the man and the woman, both were detained for trespassing. The man was later questioned and released, police said.

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