Running pit bull escapes and brutally attacks Hudson Valley girl
A girl in the Hudson Valley was brutally attacked when a woman walking her pit bull lost control of the animal.
Pit bull enthusiasts all claim that their beloved pet wouldn’t hurt a fly, but time and time again we see stories of otherwise docile animals suddenly losing control and unwittingly taking the lives of others. in danger. Sadly, the scenario reoccurred in Fishkill this week when a pit bull maimed a 14-year-old girl who was walking around.
All dogs, regardless of breed, tend to get violent. While a poodle or dachshund won’t do much damage, a pit bull can easily kill a human if unfortunate happens. According to Fishkill Police, a large pit bull was being walked by its owner near Geering Park this week when he spotted the young victim. The animal freed itself from its owner and “immediately began to attack the girl.”
The woman who was walking the pitbull sprang into action and put her own life in danger in an attempt to protect the girl. Throwing her own body at the child, the owner attempted to protect the 14-year-old from the pit bull. Unfortunately, the dog was not deterred and continued to attack both the owner and the young girl.
The incident continued until 911 was called and Fishkill Police arrived at the scene. According to reports, Officer Ray Maeang was able to grab the dog and remove it from the victims. Maeang nailed the attacking animal to the ground until another officer arrived and could restrain the dog.
The 14-year-old victim and the dog’s owner were both transported by EMS to Mid Hudson Regional Hospital with what was classified as “significant injuries”. The girl was then transported to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.
This is certainly not the first pit bull attack in the Hudson Valley. In 2017, a pit bull violently attacked a toddler in the Hudson Valley. This incident was filmed. A year later, there were two more attacks in Sullivan County, with one of the pit bulls attacking a woman walking three dogs, killing one of the animals and injuring the dog walker. In 2020 a a one year old has been attacked by a pit bull in the lower Hudson Valley.
Some local groups, as Pitbull Lovers Against Ignorance, strive to change the perception of pit bulls, and generally oppose the publication of stories about tragedies such as those listed above. Other animal lovers insist that it is important for pit bull owners to understand that their pets, like any other dog, can crack unexpectedly. Knowing the animal’s potential for danger is something all responsible pet owners should take into consideration.
An investigation into the incident is underway. In the meantime, the animal is housed at the Dutchess County SPCA. We do not know for the moment if he will be repressed.
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