Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pit bull attack in Tampa leads to animal cruelty charges

By Katie Sanders, St. Petersburg Times

Police arrested three men on animal cruelty charges after an investigation that began when their dogs escaped from an enclosed yard and attacked a woman riding her bicycle Monday night.
Vanessa Watts, 48, was riding north on Ninth Street at 10:30 p.m. She lives about two blocks away.
She pedaled past a fenced yard at 9407 N Ninth St., police said, riling the pit bulls inside.
The dogs broke through the fence, pulled her from her bicycle, and bit her on the left arm and both legs, police said. She ran home for help.
Police summoned Hillsborough County Animal Services to collect the dogs. An investigator seized six dogs from the home, two of which were severely injured, police said.
Police arrested three residents on animal cruelty charges that night.
James C. Green, 48, and Lula Greene, 50, were released from jail Tuesday morning after both posted $4,000 bail. Each was charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
Demetrius Floyd, 31, was released after posting $2,000 bail for one animal cruelty charge.
Watts was treated at University Community Hospital and released.

Update July 20, 2010 5:40pm - The following article is by My FOX Tampa Bay, from Herald Sun:

Three charged with animal cruelty in Florida after dog attacks woman on bike

SEVERAL dogs attacked a woman riding her bike in Tampa, Florida on Monday night (local time), leading to animal cruelty charges being filed against three people living in the house from which the dogs escaped.
When police arrived at the home, they found several other dogs in need of substantial medical care. Hillsborough County Animal Control came to the home and seized a total of six dogs, including two who were seriously injured, police told myFOXtampabay.com.

Animal Control said these were not the dogs that viciously bit the woman on her arms and legs; those dogs reportedly escaped.
The victim, 48-year-old Vanessa Watts, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Officers say Ms Watts was riding by the home around 8.30pm on Monday when several pit bulls in the fenced-in yard began to bark and run around. The dogs somehow escaped from the yard and knocked Ms Watts off her bike. She was eventually able to break free and get to her home two blocks away.
Police investigated the home on North 9th St and arrested James C Green, 48, Demetrius Floyd, 31, and Lula Greene, 50. Each was charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
Read more at myFOXtampabay.com.

Update July 20, 2010 9:01pm - The following article is by Katie Sanders, St. Petersburg Times:
 
Three face animal cruelty charges after pit bull attack on Tampa bicyclist

Police arrested three people on animal cruelty charges after an investigation that began when two of their dogs escaped from an enclosed yard and attacked a woman riding her bicycle Monday night.
Authorities asked the public for help in locating the two pit bulls involved in the attack.
Vanessa Watts, 48, who lives two blocks from the dogs, was riding north on Ninth Street at 10:30 p.m.
As she pedaled past a fenced yard at 9407 N Ninth St., police said, two dogs broke through the fence, pulled her from her bicycle, and bit her on the left arm and both legs, police said.
She ran home for help.
Police summoned Hillsborough County Animal Services to collect the dogs.
Three people were arrested on animal cruelty charges.
James C. Green, 48, and Lula Greene, 50, were released from jail Tuesday morning after each posted $4,000 bail on two counts each of animal cruelty.
Demetrius Floyd, 31, was released after posting $2,000 bail for one animal cruelty charge.
Watts was treated at University Community Hospital and released.
An investigator seized two severely injured dogs from the home.
The two dogs that attacked Watts were missing, said Dennis McCullough, operations manager for Hillsborough County Animal Services.
McCullough suspected the missing dogs were deliberately kept from authorities.
"I don't think they ran away at all," he said. "We need to know where these dogs are."
The "blue" pit bulls are adult males with gray coats, he said.
One is larger than the other.
Authorities ask anyone with information to call the daytime hotline at (813) 744-5660.


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