Owner Leaves Woman Bleeding
Jersey City, NJ - A woman was chewed up by an unleashed pit bull while jogging through Lincoln Park on Dec. 3 and was left bleeding by the dog owner, who ran away without helping her. The 50-year-old Jersey City woman was jogging when she saw a man with two pit bulls, an unleashed tan colored one and a leashed black one, said the victim's son Mina Morgan.
The unleashed dog lunged at her, biting her legs and bringing her to the ground, Morgan said. When the woman tried to push the dog off, the dog bit her hands, nearly chewing off a finger, which had to be partially amputated, Morgan said. The dog's owner eventually gathered his dogs and ran from the scene, "but he didn't do anything to stop the dog," Morgan said.
A common pit bull attack: Dog owner flees the scene, victim hospitalized with severe injury, in this instance maimed, victim left to pay 100% of injury costs. Pray it never happens to you.
Another person in the park found the bloodied victim screaming and called 911, Morgan said. The victim was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center and has been released, Morgan said. It will take two to three months for her to recover from muscle damage due to complications from her diabetes, Morgan said. His mother is also emotionally traumatized by the attacks, Morgan said.
"She doesn't get any sleep. She cries," he said. "She has nightmares."
In other news:
Investigation into Pit Bull Attack Continues
UPDATE 12/16/08: Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gordon said he would decide whether to file additional charges against the dogs’ owner, Mary Smith, 44, of Littleton, after he had reviewed the police report. It appears from below that Gordon may have reason to include additional charges. Smith is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.
"During the attack, Smith tried to stop them but could not control the animals. Ewings told police she repeatedly asked Smith to call 911 but Smith allegedly refused. Ewings then tried to get into a car that was in the yard but the doors were locked and Smith allegedly would not unlock the doors."
12/14/08: Maine Jogger Attacked by Three Pit Bulls
Littleton, ME - In a separate attack, a woman in Main was attacked last night by three pit bulls while jogging. Police say 41-year-old Angela Ewings received numerous puncture wounds to her hands, arms and legs. She was treated at Houlton Regional Hospital. Police say the dogs' owner, 44-year-old Mary Smith, attempted to stop the attack but could not control the dogs.
Ewings told police that Smith failed to help her when she tried to climb into a car to escape the dogs. Police say Ewings ended up running a half-mile to get help. State police have brought charges against the owner of the vicious dogs. Mary Smith is charged with keeping dangerous dogs and police say additional charges are possible.
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