Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Street, West Virginia
Year of attack: 2020
Tell us about the attack
My American Eskimo had recently received a dog wheelchair due to a loss of mobility in his back legs and he was attacked on a daily walk. My mom was walking him and I was going with them because I enjoy the walks when a woman who was allowing two young children to walk two pit bulls was coming down our street. One of them ran 100 feet to attack our dog because the kid let go when the leash got pulled. Our dog was saved from his throat getting attacked by a vest that kept him in his chair but the pit bull pulled him out and shook him in front of us while my mom was yelling at the lady to get the pit bull. The lady just stood there so my mom jumped on top of the pit bull to try and pull it off of our dog and she got bit in the process. Our dog succumbed to the wounds a week later.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
My mom and I have developed a fear of large dogs that we don’t personally know and anytime I hear dogs whine I cry and immediately try to run from wherever I am because I hear my dog screaming still and it was the worst thing I’ve ever heard. Our doggy is no longer with us despite the fact that his wheelchair would’ve given him a few more years with us otherwise.
The pit bull owner’s insurance company paid for the medical and vet bills but the pit bull is still living a street away and there were no consequences for the pit bull or its owner. In fact, the pit bull owner tried to blame us.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bull attacks do happen. If you have a pit bull or know one, you better make sure you have control over it because no amount of money to cover bills is going to bring a person or a dog back if they get murdered.