Sharon Witt did not expect an afternoon dog walk to end in the emergency room. The 71-year-old Kenosha resident was walking Buddy, a 6-month-old miniature poodle, around Southport Park Oct. 13 when large dogs ran out of the sand dunes and attacked her.
“All of a sudden, three dogs ran out of the woods,” she said. “Two of them were black and one of them was white with brown spots. It ran and picked up Buddy in his mouth.”
Witt saved Buddy by prying the white dog’s mouth apart with her hands. Unfortunately, when it dropped Buddy, it immediately began biting Witt. IT MAY HAVE BEEN A PIT BULL.
“It happened really, really fast,” Witt said. “There wasn’t a lot of time to think, but I didn’t want my dog killed.”
A nearby man heard Witt’s screams and scared the dogs away. He then walked her to a park bench and another man called 911.
Witt was taken by ambulance to Kenosha Medical Center for treatment. Buddy was unharmed.
“I could barely walk,” Witt said. “My right arm is broken, I have lacerations and bite marks and puncture wounds all over my arms. ... I was really in pain, too.”
Witt’s right cheek was “ripped open,” and she may need to undergo reconstructive surgery. She remains on pain killers and antibiotics, in case one of the dogs was carrying a disease.
Witt hopes her story will inspire more people to leash their dogs during walks and inspect their yards to ensure their animals cannot escape.
“I could have been killed,” Witt said. “There is a leash ordinance in Kenosha, but it’s not enforced.”
Kenosha Police are investigating the incident; the dogs’ owners remain unknown.