A 10-year-old boy mauled by a pit bull in an East Baltimore alley yesterday was rescued by more than a dozen neighbors and rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, police officials and neighbors said yesterday.
The boy was listed in fair condition last night, hospital officials said.
Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said the boy, identified by family members as Keontay Taylor of the 2400 block of E. Oliver St., has severe lacerations on his arms and legs.
Alarmed by his cries for help, a group of neighbors hurled bricks, poles and an old air-conditioning unit at the dog to try to dislodge the boy from its jaws, witnesses said.
Eastern District police reports said Keontay and other children had been seen near the backyard fence behind which the pit bull was being kept shortly before the attack. Keontay may have been "urged by friends" to let the dog out, Harris said.
Bobby Carroll, who lives in the 2400 block of E. Federal St., where the dog was being boarded, told officials the animal belongs to Andre Williams, a city resident, and that Carroll was taking care of it for five days.
Animal control officers took the pit bull into custody to evaluate whether it should be put down, police said. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days before its fate is decided, city health officials said.