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Cops: Dogs attack man walking with daughter

A man walking with his daughter on a New Cassel street was attacked by three pit bulls Monday and a teenager who came to their aid was also bitten, Nassau County police said.

Neither the 44-year-old man nor the 16-year-old boy was seriously injured, police said.

Nyisha Banks, 17, of 108 Maplewood Dr. and another juvenile, residents of the home the dogs had run from, came to get the animals, police said. They were arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment after the attacks, according to police.

Police said the incident took place about 3:20 p.m. on Maplewood Drive. The three dogs ran through an open gate and attacked the man as he shielded his daughter, police said.

The dogs bit the man on the arms, legs and torso, and bit the knee of a 16-year-old neighbor who came out to investigate, police said.

The daughter, whose identity and age were not released, was not injured.

Banks was released on a desk appearance ticket, police said, and will be arraigned Dec. 11 in First District Court in Hempstead. No arraignment information was immediately available for the juvenile.

North Hempstead Animal Shelter workers removed the dogs from the owners' home and will hold them at the Port Washington animal shelter until town officials decide their fate, police said. Shelter staff could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

With Joseph Mallia

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