Arthur Prisco helped to rescue Jake Louis from attacking dogs, Randolph, Massachusetts, March 26, 1999. Jake, 11, was attacked by two adult dogs, one a 70-pound pit bull and the other an 87-pound rottweiler, as he was walking along a street near his home. The dogs took him to the ground and began to maul him. Approaching the scene in his taxicab, Prisco, 44, saw the attack. He immediately ran to Jake and kicked both dogs repeatedly, moving them away initially. When Prisco knelt to pick Jake up, the dogs returned and resumed their attack on him. Prisco pushed Jake behind him and attempted to fight the dogs off with his fists. Using a pocketknife, Prisco then stabbed the pit bull repeatedly. That dog bit Prisco on the arm and maintained its grip until Prisco pulled his arm free. Another motorist who had stopped at the scene approached. The dogs continuing to menace, the motorist picked Jake up and carried him to his car. Police officers arrived shortly and pursued both dogs into adjoining yards nearby. The rottweiler was secured behind a locked fence, but the blood-covered pit bull was felled by firearm when it appeared to threaten other persons. Both Jake and Prisco were taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment, including suturing, of numerous bite wounds. They recovered, Prisco after a two-month period of disability.
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