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Pit Bull Attacks Therapist During Home Visit

Client confined her daughter's dog during therapy session but then asked to bring it out. It leaped upon Wauwatosa woman who had to lock herself in bathroom to escape.

A Wauwatosa woman who works as a visiting physical therapist for Horizon Healthcare reported last Monday that while she was at the home of a client in the 2200 block of North 73rd Street, she was attacked and badly bitten by a dog the client was watching for her daughter.

The dog had been shut in the bedroom during most of the therapy session, whining and barking the whole, time, until finally the client asked if it would be all right to let it out.

The therapist said it would be OK, but her client warned her to keep her hands up and away from the dog. She then let the dog, a 3-year-old American pit bull, out of the bedroom.

The dog approached the therapist calmly but then without the least warning leaped up and sank its teeth into her arm. The victim jumped backward and was able to break free of the dog, but it lunged again and bit her in the calf.

She was again able to escape and barricaded herself in the bathroom while her client corralled the animal.

The victim suffered puncture wounds in both her arm and leg. She was treated for her injuries at Froedtert Hospital and was vaccinated against rabies after it was learned that the dog was not up to date on its rabies shots. The dog was ordered quarantined.

The dog's owner said it had been friendly to all when it was adopted as a puppy but after it matured to about two years old, it had become extremely protective of family members.

Deb Strzelecki November 01, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Don't know where my comment went, but, to clarify, it was not my dog that ran into my leg. My dog(s) are trained. (Just put down my dear 12 1/2 year old a month ago and only have one now.) It was a goofy happy out of control Lab owned by a very nice lady who was/is clueless. She also didn't have leashes for her dogs. They were jumping all over the paramedics while they were working on me.
Deb Strzelecki November 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Ray Ray, putting any child in a room unattended with any unknown dog is irresponsible. When I was out walking my dogs on crutches while recuperating from my injuries, Labs and Goldens ran up and jumped on me with their owners nowhere in sight. Must've been a comical sight with me waving a crutch around trying to fend off such nice friendly dogs capable of inflicting further injury on me. The owners are to blame.
Jaloney Caldwell November 07, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Keeping any dog that has become OVERLY protective of family is keeping a dog that is not fit to be a pet.
H Middleton May 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I am 7 months pregnant and was in the park 4 days ago throwing the ball for our black lab. A man with a pit bull came walking by, too close considering there was no one else in the park, when his dog lunged at my dog and tried to kill her. The man seemed to enjoy watching and did nothing as I tried to get to her where against better judgement for me and my baby fought the dog to get it's death grip off my dog's neck. Our dog's thick collar saved her life and I must have had angels with me that it did not grab me before the owner decided to tighten it's leash and pull it away after I broke it's grip. I am trying to locate this man and his dog, which I have reported as he walked away right after seeing the blood all over our dog and me without any concern or seeing if we were ok and making no effort to call his dog off while a pregnant woman had to fight his dog off. He is a white male, lean, about 5'10", longer brown hair, sun damaged wrinkled skin yet about in his late 40's. His dog is light brown with white markings, about 7 years old and of good and larger size for a pit bull.
H Middleton May 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM
If you think you see this man, call the Wauwatosa police department right away.

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