Name: Jeff & Lauren Wratchford
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: In our neighborhood/ on the street while walking our dog, West Virginia
Year of attack: 2022
Tell us about the attack
On October 27th, 2022, my husband and I were walking our one-year-old golden retriever around our private neighborhood. We spotted a pit bull about 60 yards from us near a tree not on a leash with no owner around. It saw us and immediately ran towards us and latched on to our golden’s neck, with no provocation or reason! Thank God we saw it coming because my husband was prepared. My husband grabbed a hold of it and wrestled him to the ground as I was pulling our dog away. The pit bull bit our dog’s neck then got a hold of his leg and lastly his tail. My husband choke-held it on the ground in the middle of the street as I ran home with our dog. My husband’s knees, elbows and hands were all cut up and bleeding. He let the pit go and another neighbor trapped it in another neighbor’s back yard until animal control came out.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have three young sons and now I can’t let them play outside and I can’t walk my dog without being in fear this pit bull will get out and attack again.
Animal control and the sheriff’s department will not release the pit bull owner’s name or let us know if the pit bull was released but said the dog does live in our neighborhood.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
It could have been a lot worst if my husband wasn’t on the walk with me because I wouldn’t have been able to fight the pit bull off and it could have killed my dog and injured myself. It was an evil monster intent on killing and my husband legit saved me and our dog’s life.