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Police shoot one of two pitbulls loose in East Boston after teenager is bit and cat is killed

Police shot one of two pit bulls that had broken loose from an apartment and bitten a teenage boy in East Boston on Friday, Boston police said.

Calls came into police around 4:54 p.m. reporting that the two dogs were running free in Maverick Square and chasing people around Sumner Street, said David Estrada, a police spokesman.

The teenager, who is believed to be about 13 years old, was bitten by one of the dogs all over his body, Estrada said. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening, he said. The boy was sent to ahospital, police said.

John M. Guilfoil, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said a cat was also killed by the dogs.

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“An officer discharged his weapon and hit one of the dogs,” said Estrada. A crime scene was set up due to the use of the officer’s weapon, which is standard procedure, he said.

The dog was shot on Cottage Street, while the other pit bull was secured back in its owner’s apartment, Estrada said.

The injured dog was taken to Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain and was not mortally wounded, Guilfoil said.

“Boston Animal Control has taken custody of one of the dogs,” Guilfoil said. “Both dogs will be remanded to Animal Control custody,” he said.

No other injuries were reported in the episode and no charges have been filed as of Friday night, Estrada said.

Police and Animal Control officers are working to determine what charges, if any, will be brought against the owner of the dogs and the investigation is ongoing, Boston police said.


Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com.