WOOD RIVER, MADISON COUNTY IL - A PIT BULL JUMPED A FENCE AND ATTACKED A BLACK LAB BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER ON A LEASH - THE BLACK LAB'S OWNER WAS BITTEN COMING TO THE AID OF HIS PET
Eyewitnesses described a dog attack Thursday morning as “something like a movie.”
Slightly before 8 on West Jennings in Wood River, eyewitness Brandon Greco said he saw a PIT BULL jump over a fence and pursue a man walking his black lab. Greco said he initially thought the dogs were playing, but soon started hearing the lab’s owner “screaming bloody murder.”
“The dog was tearing him to pieces,” Greco said. “I called 9-1-1.”
Kym Bushrow, who lives across the street from where the incident occurred, and another unnamed neighbor also joined in helping the man fight off the dog.
“I heard my dogs barking outside,” Bushrow said. “When I got out there, the pitbull was already mauling the other dog.”
Bushrow tried striking the pitbull with a broom handle, eventually hitting it hard enough to snap the wooden handle in half. She said the pitbull remained unfazed.
“It’s like the dog did not even acknowledge me,” she said. “It was focused on trying to kill that other dog.”
The other neighbor then hit the pit bull with a wooden chair, which also broke in half upon impact. The pit bull then turned its attention from the lab, attacking the neighbor.
“The dog bit his arm,” Greco recalled. "We heard a crack. It may have broken his bone."
When police arrived, Greco said an officer shot the pit bull with a Taser, causing it to go limp momentarily. Once it was no longer being zapped, however, it quickly sprung to its feet and ran away, according to Greco. That dog was later captured by Wood River police officers.
Authorities declined to release the name of the pit bull’s owner or the dog owner who was attacked. The pit bull is currently in the custody of Madison County Animal Control, Wood River police said.
The condition of the lab and the unnamed neighbor were not immediately known. Bushrow said the lab suffered severe bites on its legs and neck. She said a thick leather collar around the lab’s neck may have saved its life.
Reporter Cory Davenport can be reached at (618) 208-6447 or on Twitter @CoryTelegraphs.