Man killed by dog while trying to help dog’s ill owner

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WHEELING, W.Va. — Police in West Virginia say a pit bull attacked and killed a man who was trying to help the dog’s ill owner.

The incident occurred Sunday night at a home in East Wheeling.

Lt. Phil Redford says police believe the dog’s owner suffered a heart attack. The other man was attacked by the dog as he tried to resuscitate the owner.

A police department news release says both people were pronounced dead at a local hospital. Their names haven’t been released.

Ohio County Animal Control removed the dog from the home and placed it in quarantine. Animal activists say it’s likely the dog thought he was protecting his owner.