Reporting Denise Koch
GLEN BURNIE (WJZ) — A man and a woman are at Shock Trauma, recovering from surgery after being badly mauled by a pit bull. It happened outside a Glen Burnie apartment complex.
Denise Koch reports–those who witnessed the attack say they’re still shaken by what they saw and heard.
“I couldn’t even sleep last night. I could not even get any sleep. My daughter was traumatized, she didn’t sleep either It was horrible,” said Andrea Barnard.
What traumatized Andrea and many others in the complex on Highland Drive Friday night was the sight of a man and a woman ripped apart by a pit bull.
The couple was dog-sitting for one of their children. Some sort of commotion took place, the pit bull bolted and the man tried to grab him.
That’s when it happened.
“The dog just attacked him. Then she was trying to get the dog off him. Then the dog got her,” said Della, neighbor.
“He was running and she was, the lady, was trying to get the dog off him so the dog attacked her. Her arms, both of her arms. The whole building, it was blood from the bottom all the way up to the top,” she continued.
Della called 911 and, fortunately, police were nearby and responded in minutes.
When they arrived they found the dog ready to go after the woman again.
“They were able to get the pit bull’s attention where the pit bill then charged towards officers. An officer was able to deploy their electronic control device, also known as a taser,” said Lt. T.J. Smith, Anne Arundel County Police.
The officers used their taser, fearing a bullet could ricochet in that small area and hurt someone else.
The taser killed the dog.
The police are waiting to hear from Animal Control to find out if the dog had ever attacked before, and if it had been vaccinated for rabies.