Location: Wapelhorst Park, St Charles, Missouri
Year of attack: 2022
Tell us about the attack
I was walking my 4-year-old Boston Terrier at Wapelhorst Park in St Charles, Missouri, as I have for 4 years. Whenever we are approached, I always shorten my dog’s leash to my arms’ length. I did the same on this day in question when a brown pit bull, being walked by woman and two children, approached. But the woman was not in control of the pit bull. There was no growl, no sniffing, no warning, nothing. This pit bull just suddenly bolted and chomped on my Boston Terrier above her eye and down to her throat and tried to swing her. I kept hold of her leash watching her eyes bulging out. I was screaming. The pit bull let go.
My dog did not appear to be bleeding, but the next day a small wound began weeping. 10 days later, a scab fell off revealing a much larger wound.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I no longer trust any other dog at the park or anywhere. I have ordered pepper spray in case this happens again: I will not allow this pit bull to control my life. And next time, I will dial 911.
None. The pit bull owner refused to give me her information. I should have called 911 to protect others.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
My Boston Terrier has a scar above her eye and thank god that’s all. Pit bulls should be outlawed. Period. They don’t have to be provoked in any way to attack. They have way too much strength to be controlled on a leash in public. What if this dog gets out in a neighborhood and attacks a child? Brown pit bull in St. Charles County, Missouri, 63303. Beware.