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Cops open fire on 2 dogs as they attacked 57-year-old man on city street

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A pit bull and a bullmastiff were fired on by cops at 4:40 a.m. Monday after they attacked a man on a Philadelphia street.

It’s unclear who owned the dogs or how they chose their victim, according to the Associated Press, and the man’s injuries are reportedly “serious.” The dogs were biting the man’s arms and legs when cops opened fire, killing the bullmastiff and causing the pit bull to retreat. It’s not known what became of the pit bull or if it was injured.

Bullmastiffs can reach up to 130 lbs., according to the American Kennel Club, which described the breed as “a world-class protector and family companion.”

While the ASPCA recognized pit bulls as a descendant of the original English bull-baiting dog “bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head,” the organization also advises “judging them by their actions and not by their DNA or their physical appearance.”

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