CLINTON — A Clinton man was taken to an Iowa City hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls Tuesday night.

The attack occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in the 200 block of 16th Place.

Police said officers and Clinton firefighters were dispatched after a report of a person walking on 16th Place being attacked by two large pit bull dogs.

The first officer on the scene shot at both dogs to stop the attack. The dogs fled the area. One dog was located a short time later. Officers were unable to locate the second dog, according to a news release from the police department.

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Benjamin Nave, 31, of Clinton was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton by Clinton firefighters and later transferred to the University Hospitals, Iowa City.

The owner of the dogs has been identified by police.

The incident remains under investigation.

I'm the city editor at the Quad-City Times. You can reach me at or 563-383-2450.