Pack of TEN pit bulls escape NYC home and attack 2 teens and toddler, leaving baby with multiple bites
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY: A couple, Rodney Jones, 48, and Shontay Holland, 29, have been arrested after a pack of 8 to 10 pit bulls escaped through their home’s open window and attacked a two-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman on Tuesday afternoon, October 18. The couple is now charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated animal cruelty, and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to ABC7, the three victims were taken to Richmond University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. In a news release, police said that the two older victims had bites on their legs, and the baby suffered bite wounds on her arms and torso, KIRO7 reported. After the investigation, police recovered a total of 10 dogs. Out of them, six adult pit bulls were taken to the Animal Care Center in Brooklyn, while four puppies, newly named Snickerdoodle, S’More, Confetti and Hot Fudge Sundae, were taken to the Animal Care Center in Staten Island.
Narrating the horror, Coralee Chandler, one of the eyewitnesses, said, "I saw the pit bulls in a pack. Some lady was coming up the hill and the dogs got her. They were coming out of everywhere ... Her shoes were still in the road.” Heaven Smith, another individual who witnessed the 19-year-old being mauled, said, as quoted by KIRO7, "I was scared because I seen them attack the lady, one of them reached for her ankles, grabbed her ankles then dragged her. She gets on the floor. Then they all start pounding on the lady and it was over.” Neighbor Deanglo Garrison, who stay at upstairs of that house, said, "They don't get on my nerves. I get outside, go on car, and go to work," reports ABC7.
According to NY Post, police said the pit bulls attacked several people in the street after escaping. A local resident said, "You see those dogs coming out every day. They leave it open and they get out.” A police source said officials are now looking if the house was a place of dog-breeding factory.
Prior to this attack, a similar incident took place in Tennessee on October 5. However, that left two children, two-year-old girl Lilly Jane Bennard and a five-month-old boy Hollace Dean Bennard, dead and their mother hospitalized after the family's two pit bulls attacked them outside their family home. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the children died at the scene. Bennard was taken to a local hospital where she is in stable condition, People reported.