The 55-year-old woman Cynthia Oliver currently faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment. The victim of the attack Franceso Bove said that he and the woman had a dispute before the attack.
The incident occurred Friday as Mr. Bove was walking in Bronx. According to the police report, he came across the woman and started a dispute. In the heat of the argument, the woman unleashed her dogs and watched them maul the man. Witnesses said that attack happened around 9 a.m.
Witnesses also told the police that the man was dragged across the street, while the dogs repeatedly bate him. The 62-year-old had life threatening injuries and required urgent hospitalization.
Doctors who attended the man disclosed that he was bleeding heavily, one of his years was severed, his arms’ muscles were severely damaged, while his chest and legs were full of bite marks. The hospital announced that he is currently out of harms’ way.
Witnesses tried to take the dogs off of the man. But one of them was also injured to his limbs and required hospitalization. Both the victim and the rescuer were immediately taken to the hospital. The other man is now stable as well.
Animal Care Centers of NYC is now looking after the two dogs, while their owner was also taken to the hospital to have her mental state assessed by professional doctors. She was first arraigned Saturday, and needs to return back in court Tuesday. The police didn’t say whether she had a lawyer, but she can be released if she pays a $35,000 bond.
On the other hand, pit bulls are extremely dangerous dogs. Recent reports show that in the past decades pit bulls attacked and killed more than 200 Americans and accounted for more than 60 percent of deaths caused by dogs across the U.S. Beside pit bulls only rottweilers display such a level of ferocity.
Last year, there were 42 deaths caused by dog bite, and pit bulls were involved in 27 (64%) of those deaths. Additionally, a pit bull kills a U.S. resident every 18 days, while rottweilers kill one resident every 96 days. Both breeds account for 74 percent of dog-bite fatalities in the U.S. in the last 10 years. According to statistics, pit bulls usually manage to kill toddlers or the elderly.
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