Pit bull attacks woman who asked its owner to take it off a seat on the subway
A woman on a New York Subway train was attacked by a pit bull after she had asked its owner to take it down from a seat. The incident took place on a 4 train that was on its way to Wall Street on April 20 and the dog started attacking her when the woman looked at the owner and said: "The dog doesn’t belong on the seat."
One of the eyewitnesses, Tahsyi Kyng, caught the entire thing on his cell phone. He told CBS: "(The owner) was like: 'I’m not moving my dog'. She pushes it like 'What is this dog doing on the chair?' and he’s like 'Do not push my dog'. 'And she does it one more time, and he just goes swinging'."
According to another eyewitness, Denise Leon, the woman and the owner of the pit bull started fighting and the dog, who was standing in between, suddenly decided to join in on the fight.
She said: "He’s jumping on her, but she moves back. That’s when he catches hold of her shoe and he was not letting it go."
The woman on the train was wearing a red jacket and managed to release her leg from the vice-like grip of the dog's mouth after she pulled off her shoe. The pit bull's owner wrestled the shoe out of its mouth and then threw the shoe back at the woman. The lady was not injured in the attack.
Kyng said: "He never told the dog to let her go at all. Big dogs are not supposed to be on the train. I just wanted to know if she was OK." Subway rules clearly state that all dogs have to be kept inside carrying cases while inside the subway at all times and the owner of the pit bull was in clear violation of this rule.
A spokesperson for the MTA told CBS that the video that was taken was "disturbing and a clear violation of our rules." The specific train where the incident took place was taken out of service.
The NYPD and the MTA are currently investigating the dog attack.