A woman who had five dogs was severely bitten when she tried to break up a fight between a pit bull and German shepherd in her Charles Street house in the hamlet of Burt on Tuesday.
The dog that bit her – the pit bull – has been turned over to the Niagara County SPCA and is expected to be euthanized.
Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found Theresa Black, 48, in apparent shock, complaining of being very cold and having trouble speaking, at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies said she was lying in a large pool of blood in the bathroom with cuts on her hands and wrists, and puncture wounds to her right thigh and left calf.
Marshall Herrington, dog control officer for the Town of Newfane, said that Black, who was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane, was bandaged up and released Tuesday afternoon and was doing well Wednesday.
“She had a lot of sutures and staples. She’s home, but was chewed up,” Herrington said.
The dogs had been separated and secured by the time deputies and emergency medical technicians from Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Department arrived Tuesday morning. Herrington said he muzzled the pit bull, removed it from the house and temporarily kenneled it before turning it over to the Niagara County SPCA to be put to sleep.
Herrington said that in addition to the pit bull and German shepherd, there also was an adult beagle and two beagle puppies. He said there are no restrictions on the number of dogs allowed in a house in Newfane.
Deputies found two small children in the house and Child Protective Services was contacted due to the dangerous dogs in the house. Authorities also reported filthy living conditions, with a strong odor of feces, garbage piled up on a table and uncleaned dishes. Deputies also found a hole had been cut in the ceiling with a ladder leading to the attic. Another woman who lived in the house said the attic was being used as living space.
Herrington said that by Tuesday afternoon, the house was inspected and everything was “spotless” and had been all cleaned up.
The owners requested the pit bull not be returned to the house.
“The owners said they didn’t want this situation to happen to anybody else,” Herrington said of plans to euthanize the dog.