Woman seriously hurt in attack by 2 pit bulls

by: Nick McGurk Updated:


SEATTLE - Seattle police are investigating after two pit bulls attacked two women and a man on Beacon Hill, according to firefighters. One woman was seriously injured.

The attack occurred around 10:40 a.m. on Beacon Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street.

Video from Chopper 7 showed a woman with a bandage on her head being put into an aid car.

Witnesses told KIRO 7 the dogs were wandering the streets and appeared to be friendly until the attack happened.

Preliminary details indicate that a 28-year-old woman was being attacked by the dogs on the street. Three witnesses came to her aid. A second woman and a man were also bitten. The second woman was treated at the scene. The man also suffered a cardiac incident, according to Seattle fire. 

Medics said the woman was bitten in multiple places, including her head. She was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She is in satisfactory condition.

Witnesses said three people were covered in blood after the attack.

“One of them got a hold of her arm; the other got a hold of a piece of her clothing and then pulled her to the ground. At that point one of them grabbed onto her skull and pulled a large quantity of her hair,” says Katie Banahan, who helped the seriously injured woman.

A vet tech who happened to be in the area saw the attack and told KIRO 7 she got the dogs to calm down to the point they were able to sequester them.

After the attack, one of the dogs was placed inside a police cruiser and the other behind a fence. One of the dogs escaped the fence again, but was quickly brought to calm.

Both of them have been turned over to Animal Control where they'll be monitored and quarantined.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified pointed out a man she says owns the dogs. A representative from animal control told KIRO 7 they are looking into whether he is the owner.

In 2012, Seattle Animal Shelter staff responded to 30 cases of pit bulls biting humans – more than any other breed. There were an additional two by an American Pitbull Terrier, a different classification in animal shelter reporting. The second highest dog breed were Labrador retrievers. In 2012, there were 18 bites on humans in Seattle. Read the full story on attacks here.

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