Local woman attacked by pit bull

73-year-old victim hospitalized; Dog's owner is cited.
Heather Chapin-Fowler
Jul 21, 2013


A 73-year-old New London woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a pit-bull that escaped its owner's home Saturday evening.

The woman, a East Hooker Street resident, was walking on North Main Street at approximately 5 p.m. when the brown pit-bull charged after her, knocking her to the sidewalk, according to Officer Kris Pinkerton.

The dog bit her on her leg leaving lacerations and left scratches on her ankle while the fall injured her head and shoulder, Pinkerton said. "She had a goose egg on her head," the officer said.

The attack appears to be unprovoked, but the woman's interview was cut short so her injuries could be treated.

"All we got out of her is that she was walking on the sidewalk and the dog attacked her. She fell to the ground right away. We didn't have time to talk to her because she was taken to the hospital," Pinkerton said.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center could not provide information on the woman's condition Saturday night.

The dog's owner was cited for dog-at-large by police and ordered to quarantine the dog for 10 days. "He didn't know the dog was out," Pinkerton said.

The Huron County Dog Warden will be handling the dog's fate and whether further charges will be filed, Pinkerton added.

Police withheld names while the case is pending.



The name of the owner should be posted. Then maybe just maybe ..they will take responsibility of keeping their dog under control. By remaining anonymous then they are immune from the stigma of being a bad owner.


Why would they not release name of the dog owner? The only thing pending is the court date and more charges from the Dog Warden.


if you read what is written then maybe you would comprehend... the names are withheld while the charges are pending... some people need to read these articles 2 or 3 times before they understand what they are reading


"The dog's owner was cited for dog-at-large by police and ordered to quarantine the dog for 10 days." The investgation is over and the owner is cited. The Dog Warden would be a new investgation and new charges. I understand not releasing the 73 year old womans name but the dog owner was cited.


Go22...Because the dog escaped its owner's home Saturday evening. they are not a responsible dog owner? I gather you have never owned a dog, if you did own one did you keep it chained in the backyard or in a kennel and the only time the dog got to interact with anyone was when it was feed and watered once a day for what 2 minutes . I will agree to this, people need to know their animal, what it is capable of, until such time as the dog can be trained to follow your direction. And if you can't train it, take appropriate measures to make sure it can't hurt anyone. But for a dog to get out does not make one irresponsible, My question is did the person know the dog was a biter? has it bit a family member before, or a friend of the family who came over? All dogs can and do, an will bite not just pit bulls.


some.. I couldn't agree more. Last summer I was at work and got a call that someone found my pit running the streets and took him to the pound. Does that make me a bad owner because a family member let my Pit out while I was working? I think not! Things like this happen all the time and just because the breed happens to be a Pit Bull then the owner must be irresponsible. That's a bunch of crap. If it was a Lab no one would say that.


I also wanna know how the 'attack' happened. You could get scratches if a dog jumped up on you for attention, not to attack. Also, since she is 73, if the dog was just looking for attention it could have easily knocked her over. My pit can almost knock myself over when it jumps on me. I'm not saying she wasn't attacked, I just want the full story. Because it's articles like this that give pits a bad stigma when they don't deserve it.



swiss family

@ newolenaguy................I will agree with you that sometimes a dog can get too excited and jump up on you for attention and mistakenly scratch you and if you fall of course you might get a bump on your head....BUT... "the dog bit her on her leg leaving lacerations..... that is NOT an accident.. it is an attack.. in my opinion


another one of those sweet, gentle pit bulls..


Mikey had it been another breed of dog, would they have printed the article? And if they did print it would it have said a Chihuahua attacked 73 year old woman?


It was probably the 73 year old womans fault for walking down the sidewalk! How dare her!
Pits aren't bad dogs its how they were raised! Its the owners fault! BS!


Pitbulls make up less than 5% of the dog population. In 2012 there were 38 fatal dog attacks 26 of them were by Pits! You do the math!


I would like to know where your statistics come from. After working at a veterinary office and owning a pit bull, I can tell you that WELL over 5% of the population owns pit bulls. Maybe not all of them fess up to owning one but I can guarantee your numbers are wrong.


@ Screwy..I do own and have owned multiple dogs. I currently own a breed that is also one of the breeds "picked on". I am not a Breed Basher at all. I take my dog for walks..has attended classes and also know that they can be unpredictable at times. BUT I do know when my dog is on a lead that the lead is appropriate for the weight etc..needed for it's breed. I AM A RESPONSIBLE OWNER. If you let your dog out you should check on it periodically not just assume it is ok. BTW my dog stays in my house with us as it is part of the family. By putting in the time..training and care of your animal most of the time these incidents can be avoided. I think that by reading the article it seems the attack was more then exuberance and jumping..I have no problem with Pit Bulls but again say the owner should be held accountable and with his/her name published. I truly feel not a bad breed a bad owner.

Yall Make Me Sick

It' shouldn't be about a "breed" of dog that matters.... What should matter is how you raise any "breed" that really matters. Any dog breed can be mean it depends on how the owner raises them.

swiss family

it has to be about the breed..... they are structurally built to do intense damage when they bite... it is like saying that you raise a small house cat and a lion the exact same way... both will turn on you at some point... but I would much rather prefer it to be the house cat... a Pits jaw locks and they thrash like a shark or alligator to cause the most damage.. I am sorry if that upsets you pit owners , but mit is the truth in my opinion


SHE was attacked!!! I know people that know both familys! TRust me the family owns the dog are shady people (live 2 doors down from gas station). the lady was bitten badly on leg(not just your friendly dog jumping on someone). I think its crazy they were allowed to keep the dog so possible it could get out bite again.


I'm sure they has a visit from the Huron County Dog Warden today I wouldnt be so sure they still had the dog. But if they do people will be watching. I'm sure theres children in the area to.


Swiss why don't you do a comparison of dog bites and you tell me which one hurt the most, and done the most damage. you can look this up for yourself,...........The stucture and function of the APBT’s jaws is the same as any other dog. They do not have a “locking mechanism” in their jaws and they do not have an “enzyme” that prevents the release of a bite. It's better to not listen to old wives tales and do some research on dog breeds. ALSO MAY I ADD THIS ..............In 2005, Dr. Brady Barr of the National Geographic performed a bite force study that included domestic dogs. He used a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and an American Pit Bull Terrier. A bite sleeve equipped with a specialized computer instrument was used to measure and record the results. Out of the three dogs, the American Pit Bull had the least psi.Overall, the average psi of all domestic dogs is between 200-450 psi.

swiss family

@somescrewyname..... with all due respect.. I have done my research.. NOT on the American Pit Bull page, but on the pages where they conduct an unbiased review of all breeds... it says that Pits will go for the most unprotected area.(the neck) and clamp down "locking onto their prey" and thrash about causing devastating results

I know people who have pits.. they seem like great dogs, and pets, but I have also seen the same dogs clamp onto a towel and clamp onto it so tight, that the dog is literally swinging from the towel, like Tarzan on a vine, and maintain that position for what seemed like hours...I have never seen a boxer, lab, chow or any other breed that had that capability...my point remains that they have the genetic and physical make up to do the most harm, which makes the very dangerous in my opinion

I do get frustrated by the fact that most criminals, who own a dog, choose a pit, that is NOT to say that every pit owner is a criminal, but I have to wonder why the drug makers and dealers choose this particular breed???I believe it is because they know that when the time comes, and they need that dog to riot just protect their illegal activities, but to eliminate the investigator...We could settle this dispute easily.. what if we replaced all of the Law enforcement dogs, from German Shepherds to Pits...and watch how fast the law suits start because the Pit's bites would be deemed as "cruel and unusual " punishment..because now instead of the criminals having these beautiful but deadly animals as their property protectors, but now they are the dogs that hunt them down and threaten them in police pursuit.. in my opinion


@Swiss.Let me say this to start with,I happy we are having this discussion, we will all learn something about the pit bull. so for starters "Pit Bull" Is not a breed of dog but rather to a group of dogs.There are three breeds that are most commonly listed under the pit bull group. These are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.. so the one we are talking about here is the American Pit Bull Terrier (I'm assuming as the news paper didn't tell us which breed) also I want you to note they are terriers, and as a side note some people consider the Boxer and the American and Olde English Bulldog in the pit bull group. and yes mostly the APBT has been breed for certain traits... This is a quote from you " but I have also seen the same dogs clamp onto a towel and clamp onto it so tight, that the dog is literally swinging from the towel, like Tarzan on a vine, and maintain that position for what seemed like hours." and I will say yes they do that, but it is not because the jaw locks or an enzyme prevents the dog from letting go, the simple answer to that is the dog don't want to let go. now the The United Kennel Club only considers one breed a pit bull the American Pit Bull Terrier. now I'm going to post list of characteristics listed on the United Kennel Club website for this dog and you tell me if they coincide with the view of pit bulls that is portrayed in the media..............“The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.”

Mr. Touchdown

Go22gators,You're one of the few! Dusty,All the owner has to do is not answer the door when the dog warden shows up...he won't follow up.
Guess Gary's theory that pitbulls only viscous towards other dogs is bs!