Thursday, January 7, 2016
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, MACOMB COUNTY MI - A PIT BULL TYPE DOG BEING WALKED BY A WOMAN ON A LEASH BROKE AWAY FROM HER AND ATTACKED AN ELDERLY MAN WALKING HIS SMALL HAVANESE MIX
(Tim Smith and his dog, Charlie, were allegedly attacked by a black and white pit bull that got away from its owner at about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 near Gilcher Park on 29 Mile Road. (Facebook photo)
Officials are looking for witnesses to an attack Wednesday by a "PIT BULL TYPE DOG" that bit a man — and whose owner fled after the incident, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. A 67-year-old Washington Township man reported he and his small Havanese-mix dog were attacked around 1:10 p.m. in Gilcher Park on the 6800 block of 29 Mile near Mound.
Both dogs were leashed but the larger, black and white dog broke away from its female owner and rushed at the complainant and his dog, officials said.
“The man told a deputy that he lifted his dog to try to protect it, and the other dog jumped on him, biting him and causing him to be dragged off his feet,” officials said in a statement. “The owner of the small dog and the handler of the other dog managed to separate the two animals.”The man asked the other dog owner to report the incident and the woman agreed to follow the man to his residence, police said. She instead got into her vehicle and drove away.
The man was treated by Washington Township Fire personnel and declined transport to a hospital, police said. His wife came to the scene, retrieved their dog and took it to a veterinarian. The man later sought additional treatment for bites to his hands.
The woman who fled is described by officials as about 60 years old and wearing a multi-colored coat. She was driving a tan SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Equinox or Buick Rendezvous.Investigators want to identify and speak with the woman, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Renee Yax with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9435.