Two dogs who stopped a mugger trying to steal a woman's purse on a Queens street have been euthanized at a city shelter, according to a published report.
“They never gave the dogs a chance,” George Petruncio, who tried to adopt both dogs, told the New York Post. “They did a good thing and this is how you repay them? It’s garbage.”
The attempted theft happened Feb. 7 when a 15-year-old boy targeted a 56-year-old woman after she got off a bus near Springfield Boulevard and 145th Avenue at about 8 p.m., the Post initially reported.
The dogs, a German shepherd and pit bull, bit the teen on his body and face as he was heading into Springfield Park. When police arrived, they pepper-sprayed and used batons to get the dogs off the teen. But they had to use tranquilizer darts when the canines came after the boy again.
Police said the teen was taken to a local hospital and charged as a juvenile with petit larceny and released to his parents.
They turned the dogs over to Animal Care Centers of NYC in East Harlem.
Local residents praised the dogs' efforts, and the area's 105th Precinct tried to get Animal Care and Control to connect them to a rescue group, according to the Post.
But Animal Care and Control officials told the Post that the Department of Health, who made the final decision, deemed the dogs too aggressive.
“After a comprehensive assessment by an animal behavioral specialist, the two dogs that mauled a teenager were determined too aggressive to be placed at rescue organization or put up for adoption,” Health Department spokesman Julien A. Martinez said. “They were humanely euthanized [on Friday].”