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.

Jan Getz June 29, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Please DO NOT KILL the other dogs without further investigation! All pit bulls are not vicious! While you cannot train away aggressive tendencies, you can control them. Good training can help avoid accidents, good handling can further prevent these mishaps, and genetics and breeding are seldom the only factors in an aggressive dog. There are chemical imbalances in dogs as well as people, and all breeds can be susceptible to such conditions such as "sliding rage syndrome". Give them a chance, please.
Jolie T. Melendez June 29, 2011 at 02:06 PM
This is a truly sad story. The breed plays a small part. Just like any breed it's how they are trained & treated on a regular basis that really reflects their temperment.
Jolie T. Melendez June 29, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Jan, Well put. Thank you, you are well informed! ;O)
Colleen Hicks June 29, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I live a few houses away and it is a very sad story
Sheela Na Gig June 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM
These dogs were well loved family pets the woman had the female for 7 years bred her 2 years ago kept a male, these were family pets. And you can see the male covered in his owners blood. He launched a vicious attack that didn't stop over a trivial trigger. Something that happened every day. This is why pit bulls are so dangerous. Even the well cared for house pets can attack and when they attack, they don't stop.
Mark S June 30, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Kill them all or stop breeding them. There are plenty of other breeds that people can own. It is foolish that people need this type of dog to make them feel more secure, only to be attacked themselves or have a loved one attacked. Is it really worth the risk to have a animal in your house that has a huge potential to hurt or kill someone. Just foolish.....
tenderpaws June 30, 2011 at 09:45 PM
It isn't the breed, I am sure neither of these dogs were ever fixed and even leaving just one intact can cause aggression and issues. Many uneducated owners get breeds that don't fit into their life style which lack of exercise and training, issues arise. Sadly the breed is over bred, Many people breed dogs just because it looks pure breed, I have papers, to make money and never to better the breed or check the papers to be sure on one is related, the health of the dog (most genetic issues don't show up until ages 3-7 so by knowing it's heritage you would have a better guess on what the dog might be a carrier of), and temperament. I feel this is a misunderstood breed, should ever one have one? NO can they be great dogs YES. I know many therapy dogs that are bully breeds and if anyone can remember the little rascals TV show, Can you guess what the dogs was. Any breed of dog can bit and will bite if faced in the right situation, Bigger dogs can do more harm but commonly those "tiny" dogs that most people want have biten more children on the face as they are carried like a baby by most kids, is it ever reported, not often as the damage is usually less. I have trained and helped more families with more poorly bred labs that have bitten then pitbulls. Just check with insurance companies you will amazed at the breeds listed, most are 15 common breds that are not pit bulls. We put more time and effort in buying a car. http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/yournewdog/Before-You-Adopt
Mark S July 01, 2011 at 03:34 AM
I do agree with you to a point. I fear no dog, what I fear is certain dogs when I am not there to defend my loved ones. Sure almost all dogs bit, not all dogs attack. There are breeds that are over bred and that has caused the problem and most of us realize that, so lets solve it. Stop breeding them, they make it to the pound they go down. I love people more than dogs, plan and simple, it's just common sense. Maybe if people would stop replacing their own kids with animals we wouldn't have these silly problems.
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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