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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  • by Sonny Location: Location on Sep 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    I'm sure the dog came over to say "HI", she freaked out, sprayed the dog, and he reacted. Now the poor owner will get sued, lose his dog, and pay this fraud for the rest of her life! Why does she have her son,(if it is her son and not a photo prop) in the picture? Is she looking for the sympathy vote? Don't be quick to condemn the dog. Why cant KKCO find out what is was mixed with? Why does it have to be a pitbull mix and not Boxer mix or Labrador mix? Oh yeah, so they can sensationalize the story! Typical Socialists!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 at 06:22 PM
    Sure it is not vicious it isn't like it bit anyone or anything, err wait..
  • by Dee Location: Location on Sep 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    This News channel reported this story with over the top sensationalism this women was not hardly "viciously attacked" she may have been bitten when the dog got sprayed with mace, it is very frightening and she apparently has some deep rooted fear of dogs to begin with and dogs should be leashed. So really a person should not have to worry about being bitten doing their job, BUT to say she was viciously attacked..Please let us try to keep the NEWS without bias and judgments!The dog obviously did not attack anyone! If it indeed bit her she should be fined for abuse (spraying it) and the owner should be fined for dog at large.The owners of her company who sends her into peoples homes should carry insurance people own dogs, have sidewalks, employees should be insured and if you know what the job entials before you start work then prepare by taking classes to know the difference with dog signals, or have phone numbers and call owners to let them know you will be on their property. Banning any breed does not work and what if it were mixed with a poodle do we ban poodels?? EDUCATE do not discrminate!
  • by Carsen on Sep 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    After watching the video I can't help but think that this woman is totally looking for attention and some sort of pay off. Those "wounds" look like she stumbled upon some rocks, which is probably exactly what happened when she laid on the ground in a fetal position. The more I think about it I just get angrier and angrier.
  • by Michelle Location: USA on Sep 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
    This womans story doesn't jive. Sounds to me like she had an uneducated fear of the breed to begin with and we all know that animal can sense fear and other emotions. We also know that animals can sense the soul of a person. Over the years, my animals have been my judge of character for me when dealing with other people. If my animals don't like them, I know something is up and something is most definitely up with this woman. I propose that SHE did the freaking out when she saw the dog and maced him for no reason. A human would have attacked her for that so of course a dog will... if she did in fact even come into contact with this dog at all.
  • by cry to someone who cares Location: gj on Sep 15, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Whaaaannie Whaaaaanie whaaaaa, leave the poor dogs alone and someone please start euthanizing the human race.....
  • by tom Location: Location on Sep 15, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    The women apparently bite her own hand, No loving pit-bull would ever bite or kill anybody. Ban these things. she has a good civil case and the owner of the pit bull will have to pay her doctor and any other damages her lawyer can conjur up. I think that a prospective pit -bull owner should take this into consideration before getting one of those things. This women is lucky that her only injuries were to here hand and not her throat
  • by Marg Location: Location on Sep 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM
    This woman's story seems suspicious. Why are there no witnesses to back up her version of the story? Highly unlikely that any breed of dog will be banned in Mesa county. There are too many good, responsible owners who will not sit back and allow that to happen.Educate...dont discriminate.
  • by Carsen on Sep 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
    When a dog innocently comes up to sniff you and you then spray its eyes and face with a mace substance the natural instinct of the dog would be to defend itself. This poor animal was defending himself and clearly, even after a witness is stating that the dog did not even "really go near her" then there is no reason for this woman to be trying to get this innocent dog put down. If the dog did not physically harm her, as the witness says, then why the cast? Where are these injuries coming from? Another point to take notice of is that a 12 year old child is stating that the dog is loving and friendly. If this woman is so "fearful" every single day she goes into work why wouldn't she have taken the proper precautions for dealing with dogs or other pets that she may come across? Maybe she could have been more proactive and made an effort to arrange some sort of meeting with this dog's owner since she supposedly had a "prior incident" with this dog. I'm sorry but If fear is the main emotion driving this woman to have this innocent dog put down then I say that is simply not a good enough reason. If this woman was truly "BRUTALLY" attacked by a pit-bull she would have needed more than that flimsy cast.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
    When a dog innocently comes up to sniff you and you then spray its eyes and face with a mace substance the natural instinct of the dog would be to defend itself. This poor animal was defending himself and clearly, even after a witness is stating that the dog did not even "really go near her" then there is no reason for this woman to be trying to get this innocent dog put down. If the dog did not physically harm her, as the witness says, then why the cast? Where are these injuries coming from? Another point to take notice of is that a 12 year old child is stating that the dog is loving and friendly. If this woman is so "fearful" every single day she goes into work why wouldn't she have taken the proper precautions for dealing with dogs or other pets that she may come across? Maybe she could have been more proactive and made an effort to arrange some sort of meeting with this dog's owner since she supposedly had a "prior incident" with this dog. I'm sorry but If fear is the main emotion driving this woman to have this innocent dog put down then I say that is simply not a good enough reason. If this woman was truly "BRUTALLY" attacked by a pit-bull she would have needed more than that flimsy cast.
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