Pit bull-mix attacks woman

By: Brian Shlonsky Email
By: Brian Shlonsky Email

After being brutally attacked by a pit bull mix, a woman is sharing her story with KKCO 11 News.

Neighbors say the dog is sweet, and they even trust their kids to play with it, but she is singing a different tune.

"All I could think of was that I was done for, I mean, I was done for,” Annie said.

Everyday, Annie makes deliveries for her job, but Thursday, things did not go according to plan.

"Coming down the lawn I happened to see a dog I had an encounter with prior, maybe eight months prior, so I started backing down the hill slowly, and I had dog spray with me," she said.

Because of proceedings in this case by her current employer, Annie’s last name or work won’t be revealed in the story, but Annie said she hopes the dog gets put down because this isn't the first time it charged her.

Annie said the dog, a pit bull-mix, charged her, and she sprayed it in the face, but he kept coming.

"All I could do was put my hands over my head and crouch in the fetal position, and I kept screaming for someone to come out, and I felt him pulling at my head," she said.

Annie sustained injuries to her wrist, hands and shoulder.

"I just remember thinking that I'm going to die, and I have my son. That's all I can remember thinking about," she said.

Chris Taylor was outside playing ping pong with his friends during the attack, and he said it wasn't the dog's fault.

"The dog never really attacked her or went near her, and we figured out the reason he was so agitated was he was sprayed in the eye with a mace substance," Taylor said.

Taylor said he's known the dog for years, and it has never been vicious, only acting out this time because of the spray.

"He's a loving, friendly animal, everyone that knows him cares about him because he's such a loving animal, he's not aggressive by any means, and he's never bitten anyone," Taylor said.

Right next door, 12-year-old Alexus Giron was visiting her grandmother, and she said she loves the dog.

"I sometimes see the dog back there, and I have always petted him, and he has never bit me,” Giron said, also telling of a time she stayed with the dog when he was left out in a storm.

"I comforted him and all of that, I gave him some dog food of my grandmothers, and I’ve done a lot of stuff with him for a long time," Giron said.

But for Annie, she said work will never be the same.

"I'm afraid, every single day, and it's terrible because the customers I deal with I really love, my coworkers I really love, but I don't like being afraid everyday I go to work," Annie said.

The owner of the dog refused to go on camera, but he said he doesn't think his dog is vicious, and it has never acted out like this before.

Both he and Annie told KKCO 11 News that the dog has been quarantined for ten days by Mesa County Animal Services, and the owner said he will have to go to court because of the attack.

Annie said that after multiple run- in’s with pit bulls and pit bull mixes, she hopes the dogs will someday be banned in Mesa County, like they are in other counties around the state.

The law states if your dog is not on your property, it must be under control and on a leash that's no more than ten feet long.


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