Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Miramar, FL - Dog attacks in Florida are becoming on pace with dog attacks in Texas. Yesterday, a Broward County woman is recovering after her son's German shepherd attacked her Tuesday morning. Fidelina Llorente, 62, was dropping trash off by the street outside her home on the 1400 block of Southwest 47 Street around 9 a.m. as her son, Josue Llorente, 40, was walking a leashed dog he had purchased from Germany a week ago.
Bill Robertson, a Miramar police spokesman said, "She was walking back to the house when the dog unexpectedly attacked her." The son pulled the dog off his mother, who suffered bites to her right arm, face and above her left ear, requiring multiple stitches. She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and the dog has been caged, according to officials. Animal Control has been requested to investigate.
In other news:Pit Bull Attacks 1-Year Old in Brevard County
Cocoa, FL - In a developing story, a 1-year-old Brevard County boy is recovering at an Orlando hospital after being attacked by a pit bull. A news agency reports the toddler was visiting a house on Allmont Street in Cocoa with his family when he was attacked by a pit bull Tuesday. Deputies said the boy suffered severe facial injuries.
Pit Bull Attacks Woman in Brevard County
Micco, FL - Also in Brevard County, two pit bulls are in custody after a Micco woman said one of them attacked her while they ran loose. The unidentified woman was treated and released from Sebastian River Medical Center on Tuesday. The incident happened somewhere on Fleming Grant Road, the Sheriff's Office said.
both pit bulls were taken into custody and Animal Services cited the owner, whose name was not available, the Sheriff's Office said.
Woman Attacked by Pit Bull in Duval County
Jacksonville, FL - A woman and her dog were attacked by a neighbor's pit bull Tuesday morning, just days after a Florida lawmaker announced a bill to give local governments more authority to target dangerous breeds of dogs. Sandra Alington, the woman attacked outside her Westside home, wants to see the bill pass. She thinks pit bulls should be banned.
"They've got wild streaks in them," Alington says. "They could be the nicest thing under the sun one minute and turn on you the next." She was walking her dog when they were attacked. "I was trying to pull it [pit bull] off. I tried to put it in a headlock and it kept pulling but then it tried to bite me and I bit it back." A neighbor came to her rescue.
"The screams got louder and more death defying. It sounded like she was being killed," James Cunningham told First Coast News. He fought the dog off with a stick. Alington's poodle was badly injured but she suffered just a few scratches.
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