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Update: Waukesha Police Kill Pit Bull That Attacked Owner

A 52-year-old female in stable condition after dog bite.

Updated, 9:25 p.m. Tuesday: A pit bull attacked and bit two people in the 2100 block of Springbrook North and later attempted to attack police officers at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Habanek.

A police officer was forced to fatally shoot the dog with a rifle as it tried to jump over the low picket fence while the Waukesha Fire Department was attending to an injured 52-year-old woman and her 39-year-old male neighbor, who also was injured by the dog, according to Habanek.

The woman was attempting to kennel one of her two dogs when the other pit bull bit her in the arm and both legs, the release states. The woman was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life and was in stable condition. The man was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital by the Waukesha Fire Department.

Both dogs were removed by Humane Animal Welfare Society, the release states.

The investigation is ongoing.

Earlier: Limited details were available at the scene at Springbrook North a few blocks north of Racine Avenue as to why Flight for Life was called Tuesday evening.

Neighbors in the area told Waukesha Patch that the helicopter had left the area around 7:30 p.m. A woman observing the scene would not give her name but said she heard dogs barking in the yard and people yelling. The woman said she was unable to distinguish the nature of the yelling.

A van from Humane Animal Welfare Society, the Waukesha Police Department and the Waukesha Fire Department were on scene.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Jennifer July 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Very true Tenderpaws. I recall being attacked and chased down the street by a poodle when I was a child. That dog was nasty, and bit several children before the owner was finally forced to put the dog down. But the sad thing is, it wasn't the dog's fault. It was the owner's fault for not properly raising the dog.
Jamie July 20, 2011 at 02:07 PM
This is a very sad story for all parties involved! Just to help educate everyone with this particular story, it was not the owner that was attacked. It was the mother in law that was staying in the house. She was told to keep the male kenneled while the owners were away. By no means am I saying she is at fault or deserved what happened to her (they are all in my thoughts & prayers), but the owners where being responsible and taking the proper steps. I usually don't jump on these blogs, but after seeing Sheela & Mark's comments I felt I had to. I am a pit owner. I have owned 3 girls. All of which have been outstanding family dogs. Molly, my most recent, has finished top dog in her training and is on her way to becoming a therapy dog. The only part I can agree on with Mark is to stop breeding. For every puppy born 600 are being euthanized. There is an overpopulation due to all the idiots out there backyard breeding. This is a very misunderstood breed. They are an extremely loyal, intelligent, and loving breed. It is unfortunate that uneducated people breed and raise pits to fight. It's even more unfortunate that the uneducated public grab on to stories like this and help spread the bad word of these dogs. I am not trying to start arguments, but I ask anyone that has not had the privilage to spend time with a pit, to do so. Also read up on the breed on websites. I guarantee if you take the time to see the breed has a whole, you will fall in love like thousands of others have!
Jamie July 20, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I left a comment below not realizing you could reply to a comment directly. I have never owned this breed to feel secure. My chihuahua has made more noise and acted a fool when people have come near me. This is an outstanding breed and the loyalty is something you won't find in a lot of dogs. To say to kill the whole breed is just ignorance, from someone who is clearly uneducated about the breed. I do agree that the breeding needs to stop. There are many organizations out there that love this breed and are trying to reach out to the communities to help educate and support owners and people in general. They offer classes, training, & spay & neuter. I understand and respect your opinions, but please spread the word of these organizations instead of the word of hate against the breed! :)
Jamie July 20, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Amen Jan! Thank you for the kind words! You are so true!
Icweiner August 19, 2011 at 01:28 AM
The beginning of a pitbullocracy... Just you wait.

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