Woman attacked by pit bull

On July 17th at approximately 11:00 a.m. officers responded to the 1900 block of 14th Avenue South for a report of a woman attacked by a pit bull.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, a 65-year-old woman, went to her son’s rental property at his request to check on the condition of the property.  The victim was accompanied by her sister, a female in her 60’s.  The previous renter had purportedly moved out several days earlier, and no one was expected to be at the home.

The victim opened the door with a key she had.  As they crossed the threshold of the doorway, they immediately encountered a pit bull which attacked the victim, biting her on the leg.  The victim’s sister struck the dog with her purse and the dog released its grip from the victim’s leg.

Both women then fled back outside toward the sidewalk with the dog chasing them.  The dog attacked the victim a second time, biting her on the other leg.  The victim managed to escape a second time and took refuge with her sister on the hood of a nearby parked car.  The dog ran back into the house and stood menacingly in the open doorway barking continuously.

Responding officers surrounded the house and contained the dog inside.  SFD medics were called to the scene and transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Animal Control officers responded to the scene and took custody of the pit bull with the assistance of SPD.  No one responsible for the dog was located.