Hoboken, NJ - In a scene described as resembling the movie "Jaws," a pet pit bull1 exploded into a "savage biting rampage" late Thursday night sending three victims, including the dogs' owner, to the hospital. Witness Paul Michael said, "It didn't look like she was going to make it. She was bad. Her entire leg was torn up." Police eventually shot and killed the attacking dog. The incident left the luxury apartment ransacked and bloody; furniture was torn apart as well.
The next time a humane official says that it is "unusual" for a pit bull to attack its owner, please point them to this blog post.
The only aspect that is unusual about this attack is that there was not a fatality nor does there appear to be a limb amputation, at least not yet. Other owners of pet pit bulls whose dogs flew into an explosive attack were not so lucky including: Carter Delany, who was killed by his two pet pit bulls last year, Annette Williams, who suffered the loss of both arms due to her pet pit bull and John Venezia, whose pet pit bull bit off his whole hand (See: Lion Tamer Complex).
A subsequent report reveals that the Hoboken incident began when a man called police to report that his roommate's pit bull, named "Giant," had severely bitten his right ankle. When police arrived they found the dog unleashed in the apartment. Giant's 26-year-old owner appeared and was repeatedly warned by police not to enter the lobby or her apartment, but she went into the apartment anyway and was attacked by her dog, causing "massive trauma and blood loss."
The only way first responders could save the victim was by carrying her out a street-level window and into an awaiting ambulance.
Hoboken police had managed to barricade "Giant" with furniture when the third victim -- a 41-year-old female Hoboken resident -- tried to enter the apartment, also despite police warnings (Again, please see: Lion Tamer Complex). The pit bull broke loose and mauled her as well, causing serious injuries to her legs. The woman was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center. Finally, Sgt. Edmund Drishti then drew his weapon and shot and killed the triple mauling "pet" pit bull.
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