According to the Prince George Police Department, the two attacks both occurred Dec. 27.
The first attack occurred around 11:55 a.m. in the 2800 block of Manitoba Drive. POLICE SAID THREE ADULTS, ACCOMPANIED BY CHILDREN, WERE WALKING A SMALL DOG IN THE AREA. TWO PIT BULLS THEN BROKE THROUGH A FENCED-IN AREA. POLICE SAID ONE OF THE PIT BULLS ATTACKED THE SMALL DOG THAT THE FAMILY WAS WALKING. ONE OF THE THREE ADULTS PRESENT TOOK THE CHILDREN BACK INTO THEIR RESIDENCE. THE OTHER TWO ADULTS WERE BITTEN BY THE PIT BULL.DURING THE ATTACK, ONE OF THE ADULTS TRIED TO PICK UP A ROCK AND BLUDGEON THE DOG, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.POLICE SAY ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL CAME IN AND STABBED THE PIT BULL WITH A KNIFE.
At that point, the dog ran onto a porch; police were called and arrived and went onto the porch to investigate the pit bull. Police said the pit bull attempted to attack the officer, but the officer shot the dog. The dog died from its injuries.
Both individuals involved in the attack went to John Randolph Medical Center for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries. Police said of the two adults: one suffered a puncture wound to the hand; the other adult received a puncture wound and laceration to the hand and a puncture wound to the calf.
According to Prince George Animal Control, the small dog that was attacked went to Deer Run Animal Medical Center for treatment of throat injuries and, as of Dec. 28, is in stable condition. Police said the owner of the pit bulls, who has not been identified, was charged with two counts of dogs running at large and two counts of no county license. Police said both dogs had received updated rabies shots.
“It’s an unfortunate act on the person. They had the right thought in mind about having a fence. It’s just one of those things where the dogs got out,” said Capt. Brian Kei with the Prince George Police Department.
The second dog attack occurred around 9:45 p.m. when officers were called to the 500 block of Ringneck Street in regards to a disturbance between two individuals. Upon arrival, officers noticed a “beware of dogs” sign on the trailer. They asked one of the individuals to secure the dogs so they could come in and speak to them. Police said the individuals were not able to put the dogs in a secure area, so the two people involved in the disturbance came outside of the trailer and left the dogs inside the trailer.
Police said the investigation revealed it was just a disturbance; one of the subjects who was babysitting made a call for the child to be picked up.
WHILE THEY WERE WAITING, ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS WENT INSIDE TO GET A CIGARETTE. AS THE PERSON ENTERED THE DOOR INTO THE TRAILER, POLICE SAID THE FIRST DOG GOT OUT AND LUNGED AT THE OFFICER IN AN AGGRESSIVE MANNER. POLICE SAID THE OFFICER YELLED FOR THE DOG TO STOP, BUT IT KEPT COMING. THE OFFICER ENDED UP SHOOTING THE DOG. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRST DOG WAS SHOT, POLICE SAID THE SECOND AND THIRD DOGS CAME AFTER THE OFFICER. POLICE SAID THE SECOND CANINE ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK THE OFFICER , ANOTHER OFFICER SHOT THE SECOND DOG.THE THIRD CANINE CAME AFTER THE OFFICER AS WELL AND WAS SHOT.Police said the first dog and third dog had non-life threatening injuries; the second dog was hit in the chest area.
At that point, the threat had stopped. Police said Brittany Wolfrey, 27, of Prince George was arrested for disorderly conduct due to her inciting a crowd, yelling that the police had shot her dog.
The status of the three dogs is unknown at this point, but they have been captured. One had severe injuries; injuries to the other two were not as severe. Police said County Animal Control was called out and retrieved the two dogs. One of the dogs stayed on site due to severe injuries.
****THE SPECIES OF THE THREE DOGS WERE NOT IDENTIFIED.****.
“I think in both these instances, measures were put in place to prevent this. Unfortunately it’s not a fail-safe thing, it’s just going to happen. Human error is going to play a part and it’s just unfortunate,” Capt. Kei said."NOTHING IS GOING TO BE 100 PERCENT AS FAR AS KEEPING ANIMALS FROM ATTACKING INDIVIDUALS."
The best thing to do is, if you have them in a fenced-in area, is to keep checking the area to make sure the dog cannot escape."
"They can check with the county code on fencing ordinances," Capt. Kei said. "If you know you have aggressive dogs, make sure they are properly secured. That needs to be checked on a periodic basis to make sure the measures are still in place.”