A police dog could have killed the 4-year-old son of his handler in a back yard attack, but a neighbor broke down a 6-foot fence and forced the dog’s jaws apart.
Although the child survived, he had such severe injuries that his left leg had to be amputated.
The neighbor, Jeff Houlemarde, broke down the fence and ran to the rescue when he heard the boy’s screams.
"I run up to the dog and kick him, and I kicked him in the back hind quarters and he still didn't release the boy," Houlemarde said. "So I jumped on top of the dog and had to pry his mouth open.” (Source: NBCLA.com)
Another neighbor pulled the boy away from the dog.