Two LAPD detectives were credited today with saving a man being mauled by a pit bull, shooting the dog when efforts to subdue it with a shovel failed. Detectives Mark Hahn and Andy Moody were in their car near 97th and Hoover streets in South Los Angeles when they heard cries for help around 7 a.m. yesterday, the LAPD reported. The detectives, who were in the area on an unrelated matter, saw a pit bull attacking a 53-year-old man who was crawling under a parked car in a vain effort to escape, police said. As the detectives ran toward the man, the dog crawled under the car and bit the man’s leg, then dragged him from under the vehicle and mauled him, according to a police statement. Police said the mauling victim was “pet-sitting” the dog for a friend and was attacked as he left for work. Angeles control officers took custody of the wounded dog. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A neighbor threw a bucket of water on the dog, to no avail. For the safety of area residents, the detectives ordered everyone inside their homes. Moody grabbed a shovel lying nearby and hit the dog in the head, but the animal continued mauling the man, biting his face and head, the statement. Moody hit the pit bull in the head again, stunning the animal. Hahn then put himself between the pit bull and the injured man, and the animal charged, prompting Hahn to fire one round from his handgun and wound the dog in the chest. The animal ran away and crawled under an abandoned pickup truck about a mile away. The detectives gave aid to the mauling victim until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital for treatment of severe bite wounds to his head, face, arms and legs, the statement said.