Neighbor thwarts pit bull attack


Neighbor thwarts pit bull attack

By Tom Murray. CREATED Jun 28, 2011 - UPDATED: Jun 29, 2011

Warning: graphic images in story


WAUKESHA - There were two pit bull terriers in a home on N. Springbook on Tuesday; a 2-year-old male named 'Prince' and his mother, a 7-year-old 'Sugar'. A family across the street saw the dogs attacking their owner, a 52-year-old woman.

"I jumped the fence right away," said neighbor Chris Bartosz. "Somebody with a couple dogs attacking her, she needed help."

Police received a frantic 911 call.

"This lady's being attacked by the pit bulls in their house," the caller told a 911 dispatcher. "Please hurry, hurry, hurry."

Paramedics rushed to help Bartosz and the owner.

"I think a lot of people around here had a big part to do with getting the dogs away from her," Bartosz told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.

From inside, police took an investigation photo of the male pit bull minutes before it charged an officer outside. The outside officer shot and killed the animal.

The owner was in the hospital Wednesday with deep wounds. Doctors treated and released Bartosz.

The owners family was too overwhelmed to speak with reporters Wednesday, but they did speak with the humane society's Mark Hess.

"They're very saddened for the victims, one a family member, one a neighbor," Hess said. "They indicated that these were loved family pets."

The mother dog is now awake and alert at Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society after being tranquilized and sedated Tuesday. City authorities will determine the dog's fate.