Dog injured by off-leash pit bull in Carmel Valley park
By Karen Billing
A vicious pit bull attack occurred last week in Carmel Knolls Park, leaving one dog injured and a community member shaken. The incident involved an off-leash pit bull and the female owner of the dog ran away without an apology or any contact information.
“It was really frightening and to run away like she did was wrong,” said T.A., a Carmel Valley resident who asked to remain nameless. “She shouldn’t be around in the community letting those dogs off leash. I would like to hold her accountable.”
T.A. was walking her 30-pound, seven-month-old rescued mutt Tyson on a leash around 7 p.m. on March 3. She said she was on the concrete pathway when a woman and her pit bull entered the opposite side of the park. The pit bull began charging across the grass at Tyson.
“It was like the dog was on a mission, she was heading right for us and we had nowhere to go,” T.A. said.
The pit bull took hold of Tyson and began to attack, with Tyson yelping and screaming in pain. The pit bull’s owner was still running toward them, yelling for her dog to release Tyson. T.A. was able to get her hands into the pit bull’s mouth to release her jaws, getting bit in the process.
A neighbor jumped a fence to help T.A. and Tyson as the pit bull owner ran off with her dog.
T.A. said she could barely look at Tyson, who was bleeding and crying in the back seat of her car as she sped him to an emergency vet clinic in Sorrento Valley. Tyson had to receive stitches up his leg and he had several puncture wounds, although none were life-threatening.
“It’s a miracle that the dog didn’t do more damage. If I hadn’t been right there Tyson could’ve been killed,” T.A. said.
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