In the fourth serious Pit Bull attack in Connecticut in eight months, Sally Bradstreet, 65, of New Haven, watched helplessly on Sunday morning, May 20, as a stray Pit Bull mauled her beloved 12-year-old collie mix, Max, to death.
"I had the cane and I kept trying to hit the dog. First he got his ear and then he got him around the neck and dragged him,” she told reporters. Sally stood on the corner of Sherman Avenue and Chapel Street most of the day in shock, crying over the loss of her best friend and hoping he would reappear.
“I have no family,” she said, “Max was my substitute family.” Sally had seven toes removed surgically last year and she said Max gave her the courage to get out and walk again. “He always watched out for me,” she said tearfully, “we watched out for each other.” Now Sally said she is afraid to be alone.
Neighbors were accustomed to seeing the elderly woman with her mixed-breed dog on their regular walk. A policeman described Max as a “fat, nice old dog.”
One witness told theNew Haven Independent,”the Pit Bull lunged at the woman’s dog. It stayed on top of it, attacking it and beginning to tear off its head.”http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/pit_bull_attack_draws_crowd_cop_gunshots/id_47312
Distraught bystanders gathered nearby and called the police, who rushed to the scene, arriving at 10:09 a.m. One officer reported seeing the Pit Bull “loose and acting wild” an hour and a half earlier, but it had eluded her. Now she watched as the Pit bull continued to tear at its dead prey, according to NBC.http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Police-Shoot-Attacking-Pit-Bull-152216665.html
Officer David Hartman, NHPD spokesman, said police moved the crowd of more than 30 onlookers back to a safe distance before firing several shots and killing the frenzied dog. The pit bull did not have a collar or tags, but police are looking for the owner. Sadly, nothing will bring Max back to Sally Bradstreet.
BRIDGEPORT WOMAN ATTACKED IN CITY PARK
On May 21, News8 reported that a Bridgeport woman was attacked by a loose pit bull in Beardsley Park as her son watched. “A pit bull just came charging out of nowhere," said Luz Rosario.
"I felt helpless because I couldn't even jump in," 14-year-old Michael Rosario told a News8 reporter.http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/fairfield_cty/victim-cops-mia-for-5-hours-after-pit-bull-attack
"I looked down and saw blood,” said the victim as she showed the puncture wound and stitches on her leg and foot. Her husband, Louis Rosario said that the bites were “pretty bad.” “ The ambulance came and ended up taking her away."
"I got multiple shots in the wound and five rabies shots that day,” said Luz. The owners of the Pit Bull reportedly were in the park and have been identified. Luz is waiting to hear if the dog had current rabies shots. “I have to continue with my rabies shots up until I find out the paperwork is legitimate," she said.
88-YEAR-OLD WATERBURY WOMAN MAULED IN HER YARD
The attacks in May follow the brutal mauling of an 88-year-old woman outside her home in Waterbury, Connecticut, on March 20. Lina Poidomani was taking out her garbage at about 5:00 p.m. when two pit bulls escaped their cage next door and attacked her in her yard.
"They bit her to the bone. They tore the flesh off her," said Paul Poidomani, the victim's son, a day after the attack. "They bit her to pieces."
A neighbor heard her pleas for help and tried to distract the dogs by driving into the yard and blasting the horn until police arrived. Responding police officers said that the dogs were so aggressive that they had to be shot and killed in order to stop them from attacking the woman, reportedWFSB.http://www.wfsb.com/story/17209056/2-pitbulls-killed-after-attacking-88-year-old-woman-in-waterbury
On May 21, Waterbury Alderman Ernest Brunelli asked for tougher ordinances on dangerous dogs and some extra safeguards,” like adding a secondary enclosure gate and increased fines.” The owners of the dogs that attacked Ms. Poidomani were charged with only infractions and a fine. The elderly woman is still recovering fromserious injuries to her arms and legs.
TODDLER KILLED BY 3 PIT BULLS IN WEST HAVEN
On September 30, 2011,20-month-old Nevaeh Bryant was mauled to death by her aunt’s three pit bulls in an apartment in West Haven.
Lt. Robert Proto of West Haven Police said the child had been lying on a blanket on the floor in the living room and the dogs were shut in another room. Somehow they broke out and attacked her. Neveh was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Read more..