Two incidents handled by local police in the past few days – a burglary and a dog attack in which both a child and another dog were bitten. Read on for reports from the victims in both cases:
First, the break-in, reported by Linda:
My house was robbed during the day yesterday. No one was home. I’m located on 16th by SSCC. Not too much damage to house, but things were rifled through and electronics were stolen. No leads from police yet.
Second, the dog attack. We were asked on Thursday about an incident near Highland Park Elementary to which both police and animal control responded. Couldn’t find out anything, but on Friday, Christie sent us her report, which turned out to be the same incident. We asked some followup questions, and now that those answers are in, here’s her story:
On October 6th my dog was attacked by a pit bull as my daughter and her friend were walking him – we live on 12th between Trenton and Henderson. The dog was a stray dog that my neighbors found and decided to keep (they kept the dog chained to a tree in the yard) and (Thursday) he was successful in breaking free from the tree and he came running at the girls and tried to kill our dog.
I was on my way home when it happened – but by time they called me to say what was happening they had already gotten away from the dog – thankfully our neighbor helped get the pit bull away from the girls and our dog by throwing something at the pit bull so he would drop our dog.
The girls made it inside our house and called the cops and animal control. When I came home (around 4:30) the police had our street blocked off and they had their guns out trying to help the animal control person to get the dog. Because he bit my daughter’s friend in the shoulder (she was trying to get our dog away from him) and hurt our dog, they will have to keep him quarantined for 10 days I do not know if he will be put down or not; they didn’t say.
The pit bull did hurt our dog and he was in the hospital with a bite mark to the neck but is fine after a night’s stay and stitches (to the tune of $1,000) – and needless to say we are all shook up and a little traumatized but physically we are all going to be OK.
From our followup exchange with Christie: Her dog is a terrier mix. Since dog advocates are often concerned that aggressive dogs are misidentified, we asked her who described the attacking dog as a pit bull; she said police, animal-control authorities, and the person who was keeping it. She also says another dog of that same breed has lived at the same house and “is an OK dog and has lived there for six months or more.”