NEWPORT RI - A PIT BULL RAN BETWEEN ITS CARETAKER'S LEGS TO EXIT AN APARTMENT DOOR INTO A COMMON HALLWAY AND ATTACKED A WOMAN WHO HAD JUST KNOCKED
A Newport Avenue woman was cited for failing to properly restrain animals after a dog staying at her apartment bit a woman in a common hallway.
Police said they responded to the emergency room at Newport Hospital on Tuesday and took a report from the victim, who suffered several puncture wounds on her forearm.
The victim said that she knocked on the door to the apartment of Kimberly Dizon, 41, to ask that she unlock the door to the common hallway. She said she could hear the dog, a PIT BULL TERRIER, barking loudly.
When Dizon opened the door, the victim said, the dog ran between Dizon’s legs, grabbed onto her leg and began “humping” her. The dog then bit her as she tried to get the dog off her leg.
The dog held the bite for several moments, she said. A man arrived shortly afterwards and claimed ownership of the dog and showed the victim paperwork indicating a current rabies vaccination, according to a police report.
The victim said she suspects the dog is temporarily living with Dizon since she often sees and hears it.
On Thursday, an officer on patrol saw Dizon in a car on Catherine Street with the man and the dog.
Dizon said that the man in question is her nephew and owns the dog and both have been spending some time at her apartment.
Dizon reportedly confirmed the dog bite incident to police and was issued a Municipal Court summons to appear on Oct. 5 for violating the city’s ordinance governing the restraint of animals.