Monday, June 28, 2010

70-year-old woman, dog mauled by pit bull

By Christina Mora, NBC 2

A Lehigh Acres woman and her pet dog were attacked right outside their home while starting a walk on Haskell Street. The woman who says it was a neighbor's pit bull who bit her face and arms, then dragged her down the street.
Seven-year old Prince is a fighter. The 10-pound miniature pincher is recovering from an attack by a pit bull nearly 10 times his size.
And his 70-year-old owner is doing the same.
"I got him into my arms and I'm trying to protect him and I'm trying to back up and then he started biting on me so he went to the bone on this arm and went pretty far on this arm," said victim Sonja Mattick.
She says she was taking her two dogs - Prince and Princess - for a walk, when the neighbor's pit bull ran across the street and attacked.
According to police reports, Mattick was bit multiple times and knocked down to the ground.
"There was blood everywhere. I mean, I was covered in it," she said.
A neighbor took Mattick to the hospital, but not before she took care of little Prince.
"They wanted to call 9-1-1 and I said no because an ambulance wouldn't take Prince," she said.
The pit bull's owner didn't come to the door when we tried knocking Monday night. And officials with Lee County Animal Services say they haven't been able to find the owner or the dog in question.
Now as an investigation ensues, Mattick and Prince are hoping to make a full recovery.
"I want the dog gone. Once it bites a human, I don't think it's a good dog anymore," she said.

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