Rosendale Police rescue victim with "uncontrollable bleeding" after rottweiler attack.
Rescue Rottweiler Attacks
Rosendale, NY - On Tuesday, the Rosendale Police Department responded to a life-threatening dog attack on Madeline Lane, where a caller reported the dog was "ripping the arm off" the victim. "As a result of the nature of the attack and the proximity to the Rosendale Recreation Center, a lockdown of the Rec Center, including the summer camp was conducted," states the release. Responding officers were able to remove the rottweiler from the victim and secure the animal.
Rosendale Police Department
On July 11, 2023 the Rosendale Police Department responded to a reported serious dog attack on Madeline Lane in Rosendale, in which it was reported the dog was "ripping the arm off." As a result of the nature of the attack and the proximity to the Rosendale Recreation Center, a lockdown of the Rec Center, including the summer camp was conducted. Responding officers were able to separate the rottweiler dog from the victim and safely secure the animal. The victim received severe injuries and had uncontrollable bleeding at the time, which resulted in tourniquets being applied to prevent death. The victim was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital.
The Ulster County SPCA took custody of the dog and after an investigation including a review of past incidents involving the dog, the animal was euthanized. The dog had previously been a rescue animal.
The Town of Rosendale Police Department was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Ulster County SPCA, Ulster County Sheriff's Office, and Mobile Life Support Services.
The Ulster County SPCA, which acts as the Dog Control Officer (DCO) for the Town of Rosendale, took custody of the rottweiler. The SPCA left a comment on the Rosendale Police Department's press release stating that the "rescue" rottweiler was not adopted from their shelter. The SPCA designated the bite as a Level 5 Bite on the Ian Dunbar Scale -- a Level 6 Bite is death. A Level 5 Bite is "extremely dangerous and mutilates." The SPCA euthanized the "rescue" rottweiler.
However, the SPCA also claimed that "the origin of this dog (rescue/shelter) is not relevant to the behavior or the outcome, as each dog is an individual, and behavior is determined and expressed by a variety of influencing factors." Since the Ulster County SPCA did not assess this dog prior to its adoption, how could the SPCA verify any aspect of their claim? We predict that a civil lawsuit could result from this attack because actions of the origin rescue/shelter may indeed be relevant.
Ulster County SPCA -- Dog Control Officer
Although the Ulster County SPCA serves as the only Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agency in the County, our response to this incident was in our capacity as the Dog Control Officer (DCO) for the Town of Rosendale. This dog had not been adopted from our shelter, but as the DCO, the dog was impounded to our custody and transported to our shelter. In accordance with the Dunbar Dog Bite Assessment, this was a Level 5 bite incident, defined as "multiple bites at Level 4 or above. A concerted, repeated attack." This level of bite additionally categorizes a dog as "unhealthy and untreatable," as this behavior is neither rehabilitative nor manageable. The resulting outcome is euthanasia. It is important that the public understands the objective methods used in determining euthanasia decisions. The origin of this dog (rescue/shelter) is not relevant to the behavior or the outcome, as each dog is an individual, and behavior is determined and expressed by a variety of influencing factors. These situations are emotional and difficult for all involved and, especially with social media, it can be easy to make assumptions and lay blame. We ask for compassion and thoughtfulness for those involved in this tragic incident. Thank you.
The age and gender of the victim were not disclosed. "Uncontrollable bleeding" and "ripping the arm off" of a victim can have different implications for a 35-year old male, versus and 65-year old male or female. Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie is a Level II trauma center. Victims with these types of injuries are typically taken to the nearest Level I trauma center or transported to a Level II and upon "being stabilized," the victim is flown to a Level I trauma center.
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