2 Pit Bulls Attack Police Car; Woman, Poodle Saved

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Animal control officers are still searching for one of two Pit Bulls that mauled a woman and attacked her poodle in Fresno, California, on Tuesday morning, ABC30 reports.

Julianne Patrick showed Fresno County deputies the wounds she sustained as she tried to shield her tiny poodle from the large, vicious dogs. She and her poodle, Tre, were walking through the Fig Garden area about 7:00 a.m. on September 9, when the attack occurred.

She said the dog was extremely aggressive when he attacked her, according to KFSN News, knocking her down to try to get to her little poodle.

The traumatized woman said the dogs first attacked Tre. They knocked her down getting to him, and she struggled to get up on her feet. “They were all over him. I am screaming, I was kicking them just going, No, No."

Julianne said that, after she fought the dogs off, she grabbed Tre in her arms and ran to a neighbor’s house to call for police and animal control officers.

When the police car arrived, the officers could not get out because the Pit Bulls were attacking their vehicle, she said.

A neighbor, Melissa Howard, who said she lives next door to the dogs, told KSFN she has been afraid of the dogs for years because they have “chewed up her fence,” trying to break through at the bottom and crawl underneath.

The Pit Bulls’ owner did not comment to reporters, but Liberty Animal Control told ABC30 he'll be cited for having vicious pets and the animals may have to be put down after a 10-day quarantine,  “Liability wise, we wouldn’t be able to adopt them out,” Daniel Bailey said.

The victim, Julianne Patrick, said that not every Pit Bull is vicious, but “these are vicious dogs.”

The good news is that her courage in fighting off the dogs was rewarded by her little dog surviving the attack without serious injuries.


In December 2012 a Fresno County man, Esteban Alavez, 34, of Selma, California, died from multiple dog bites, according to Fresno County Coroner David Hadden.

Alvarez was found dead on his front lawn on the 12000 block of South Highland after being mauled by a pack of four Pit Bulls, the Fresno Bee reports.

Deputies found dog tracks around the body and followed them to a home in the area, where they found the dogs with blood still on their mouths, police said

The dogs were impounded by Liberty Animal Control.  

Esteban Alavez, 34, died due to dog bite wounds, including one that punctured his jugular vein, the Fresno Bee reports.  

Sources: ABC, Fresno Bee