Mark J. Friedrich rescued Katie R. Shelton from two attacking dogs, Seymour, Indiana, January 26, 2004. Katie, 8, was walking along a residential street when she was attacked by two Rottweilers, each weighing more than 80 pounds. The dogs took her to the ground and bit her repeatedly. Mark, 14, student, who lived at the scene, saw the attack and immediately responded from his family’s house, taking two sticks with him. He struck the dogs repeatedly with the sticks, but then the dogs turned on him and attacked, one of them biting him in the arm. A 79-year-old neighbor responded with a stick and struck one of the dogs as a police officer was approaching. The dogs turned on the officer, who then shot both of them. The dogs fled but were tracked down and dispatched. Katie and Mark were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for their bite wounds. They recovered.
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