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After a Vicious Dog Attack, a Pit Bull Owner in Galveston is Charged with a Felony

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

White pit bull (Photo: Labeled for resuse)

On January 23, 2018, a woman was brutally attacked by a pit bull at the Club of the Isle apartments in Galveston, Texas. She was carrying her dog and stepped out of an elevator. A tan and white pit bull immediately charged her. She held her dog over her head, and the pit bull bit the woman on the calf and the thigh. A witness briefly distracted the pit bull, but the dog bit the woman on the leg again. Another witness drove up, let the woman and her dog into his truck, and then took her to the University of Texas Medical Branch. According to a related affidavit, the woman had two surgeries and has more scheduled. Officers with the Galveston Police Department arrested the pit bull owner on February 2 and charged him with attack by dog resulting in serious bodily injury, which is a felony.

Another witness reported to police officers that the owner of the dog came out of an apartment nearby after the attack, and he captured the dog. The owner said that the dog had run past him when he opened his apartment door.

Galveston police officers identified the pit bull owner and discovered that the dog had a history of violence, dating back to 2013. The investigation revealed that a person had been attacked in a 2013 incident. On another occasion, the pit bull broke through a window and killed another dog. In a recent attack, which occurred at the same Galveston apartment complex, another resident was attacked by the dog on December 27, 2017.

The 59-year-old pit bull owner initially told police he was unaware his dog was dangerous or aggressive. But later, he allegedly admitted that the pit bull had attacked both humans and dogs. He agreed to having the dog killed, and the pit bull was euthanized, according to the head of the city’s animal control division, Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell.

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