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UNLEASHED PIT BULL ATTACKS BRONX BOYS; 2 HOSPITALIZED

An unleashed pit bull terrier attacked three Bronx boys -- leaving two hospitalized.

Joe Dante, 14, and Michael Diaz, 9, were in stable condition today after surgery in Bronx Lebanon Hospital, said Officer Arek Tarih, a police spokesman.

Without warning, the dog tore into the two boys and Derrick Rambert, 12, at 167th Street and Franklin Avenue in the Melrose section at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Tarih said. Derrick was treated for bites on his foot and released, the officer said.

When police arrived, they shot the dog with a Taser, a special gun that sends a charge of electricity into its target and temporarily paralyzes it.

The dog was taken to a Manhattan animal shelter, but it was dead when police officers dropped it off.

Tarih said Bronx police were looking for the dog's owner.

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