Tuesday, February 23, 2016
LONGMONT CO - A CITY METER READER WAS ATTACKED BY AN AMERICAN BULLDOG AND A PIT BULL MIX IN A RESIDENTIAL YARD
A Longmont city employee was attacked by two dogs Monday morning while reading the meter in a residential backyard on the 1100 block of Sumner Street.
The 49-year-old woman was giving a dog treat to a PIT BULL/LABRADOR MIX when a second dog, an AMERICAN BULLDOG, came outside and bit her on the arm, according to animal control Sgt. Jesse Buchholtz.
"She couldn't get it off her arm," said Buchholtz. "Meanwhile the other dog also bit her ... on the nose. During the incident, the owners came out and got the dogs off her."
The incident happened about 9:48 a.m.
The victim, whom Buchholtz would not identify, was taken to Longmont United Hospital and into surgery. While he would not reveal whether the employee needed surgery on her arm, face or both, Buchholtz described the bite on her arm as "significant."
Cmdr. Jeff Satur said late Monday afternoon that the meter reader was still being cared for at the hospital. He would not provide any information about her condition.
The American bulldog has a bite history, but on other animals rather than people, Buchholtz said. The dog was adopted from the Humane Society in July. Both dogs are currently with the owners in quarantine.
"The dispositions of the dogs will be looked into," said Buchholtz. "In terms of actual charges, because the case is still ongoing, there needs to be more follow-up with everybody involved."
About 2 p.m. Monday, a man answering the door at a house on Sumner Street confirmed to the Times-Call that was where the attack took place.
"I have nothing to say," the man said. "It wasn't my dog."
There were at least two large dogs in the backyard of the home at that time, though it was not clear if any of those were the dogs involved in the attack.