Off-duty officer saves 11-year-old Mass. boy from dog mauling

DORCHESTER, Mass. (WFXT) - As an 11-year-old boy from Massachusetts recovers from severe injuries he sustained in a dog mauling, his family is thanking the off-duty officer who came to his rescue.

Police say an off-duty Boston patrol officer rushed to help an 11-year-old boy after he was attacked by a pit bull Wednesday afternoon in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The officer, who lives nearby, jumped several fences to get to the victim after hearing his screams. He fired at least one shot to help diffuse the attack.

“Thank God the officer was there to intervene because if he didn’t, the dog was going to continue to attack this child. There was also another pit bull being restrained by an individual that I’m confident would have joined in on the attack as well,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Gross.

The 11-year-old was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his neck, arm and groin, described by police as “vicious.” However, he is expected to survive, the officer credited with saving his life.

In a handwritten letter, the victim’s family wrote, “The Rodriguez Rojas family is grateful for the police hero who rescued our son Bramwell. My heart is grateful that all the police officers have done a great job.”

Animal control seized two pit bulls after the attack. Police said the dogs and the victim live in the same multi-family home, but it’s unclear if they live in the same household.

No charges have been filed in the case at this time. Neighbors say they had seen the dogs unleashed and roaming around the neighborhood many times before.

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