Woman Attacked Instead of Dog
Spring Hill, FL - Last year, two pit bulls bit a woman 62 times and ripped off part of a finger while she walked her own dog near her home. Rose Ann Manzella, 42, said she heard the dogs running up behind her and stepped between them when they started nipping at her dog. The pit bulls then attacked the closest thing they could, which was Rose. All she could do was yell for help.
A redirected attack is when an attack on a pet turns into an attack on a person. Pit bulls are animal-aggressive and frequent perpetrators of redirected attacks.
Rose was bitten all over both hands and lost part of her right middle finger after one of them grabbed onto her hand, shaking, and would not let go. Off-duty Lt. Richard Moore of the Pasco Sheriff's Office, heard her screams, grabbed an umbrella from his car and used it to break up the attack. He brought Rose and her dog behind the safety of his chain-link fence.
Rose was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital where doctors treated her for repeated puncture wounds. They were unable to reattach the severed finger. Both pit bulls were placed into the custody of Animal Control. Neither had any sign of a license, rabies shots or registration, deputies said, and their owner was not immediately known.
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