Pit Bull Owner Chris Littlejohn called the Lynchburg Police Department when his two dogs got out and ran down the street. After he pursued them, the female tried to bite him as he attempted to get them back home. He told WSET-TV he believes it was because she is pregnant.
Littlejohn, 39, was just one of several calls they received about the Pit Bulls that morning, police say. The dogs also attacked two pedestrians and a bicyclist, reports News & Advance.
Littlejohn has been charged with two counts of having an unvaccinated dog and two counts of having an unlicensed dog, said Lt. Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department.
The attacks occurred before 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning in the 1200 block of Garfield Avenue, in Lynchburg, VA, police say.
One of the victims is Herbert Jones, who says he was walking back from a convenience store when the two Pit Bulls came from 12th street. He said he threw everything he had just purchased at them, but they knocked him down and one bit him on the arm."
Mr. Jones said he had just seen the same dogs chasing a young boy but apparently the boy was able to escape. Jones was not that lucky. He called 9-1-1, and emergency responders were sent to the scene, where they treated him.
Lynchburg Police say all of the three people bitten suffered injuries but did not require hospitalization.
The two Pit Bulls will remain in quarantine at the Lynchburg Humane Society for 10 days to ensure they do not have rabies, according to News & Advance.
"They were unvaccinated animals and the owner was charged with that" said Lt. Gearhart. Neighbors told WSET-TV that this is not the first time they've seen those dogs wandering the streets.
Littlejohn claims that his dogs have never bitten before and insists the dog's pregnancy caused the aggressive reaction, but Lynchburg police are not accepting pregnancy as an excuse. They are doing a dangerous dog investigation.
"If it is established that they meet that criteria, there will probably be additional charges” said Lt. Gearhart.
Lt. Gearhart told WSET-TV that their findings during the investigation will also determine if the owner gets his dogs back.