Near the scene after a family pit bull mutilates, kills a 70-year old woman in Nassau County.
Woman Killed by Family Pit Bull
Albertson, NY - A 70-year old woman is dead after being horrifically attacked by a 7-year old family pit bull. Police were dispatched to 10 Terrace Court at about 1:00 pm Wednesday. The 911 call came from the victim's husband, who witnessed part of the gruesome attack, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, said. "When he got home, he walked into the backyard -- at that time the dog was still eating on the body," Ryder said during a press conference today.
"The scene was pretty horrific we don’t know what time the attack took place," Ryder said. "There was obviously a lot of mutilation on the body."
"The wife was in the backyard, on the ground, mutilated by the dog," Ryder said. "[The husband] called 911. The first officer on the scene, the dog turned on our officer. The officer fired at the dog, killing the dog, putting down the 7-year old pit bull." That officer, who has 15 years of experience on the force, was so horrified by what he saw at the scene that he is being treated at a hospital. The pit bull belonged to the victim's step-son who died in a motorcycle crash a few weeks ago.
WNBC captured additional parts of the press conference, including that there had been no prior reports to police about this home. "We have had no domestic calls to this house," Commissioner Ryder said. "We have had no reports to this house regarding the dog. So at this time, we don't know why the dog turned on the woman." The pit bull was described to WNBC as a large and muscular animal, close to 100 pounds. Police said that no criminality appears to be involved.
"It is an horrific scene. When the husband arrived at one o'clock, he went into the backyard and he found his wife being attacked by the dog, at that time. Being dragged through the yard ... When he got home, he walked into the backyard. At that time, the dog was still eating on the body." - Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder
WNBC also uncovered images of the victim's step-son, Georgi, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash on July 17 while riding his bike on the Wantagh, according to a GoFundMe, along with an image of his fatally attacking pit bull. WNBC reports the son and his dog had lived at the parent's home before his death, and the parents began caring for the dog after his death. Thus, the victim had been familiar with the dog before it attacked, mutilated and killed her.
Neighbors told CBS New York, "We didn't hear anything," Jamie Elqorchi said. "My husband was in the backyard. We didn't hear a dog. We didn't hear an attack. Nothing." This is a nonstarter -- a "focused" pit bull fighting, is typically noiseless. Another neighbor said that he remembered the son. "When he was alive, he used to walk [the dog] with both hands holding the leash. That dog was leading him," he said. The New York Post identified the victim as 70-year old Marina Verriest.
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