A woman was hanging onto life after TWO PIT BULLS attacked her outside a house on Ella Grasso Boulevard.
The attack occurred around 7:45 p.m. Monday.
Here’s what happened, according to the preliminary report form the city’s Public Safety Communications department. (An update from the police was not available early Tuesday afternoon.)
A man who lives on the Boulevard owns two pit bulls. He came home with “a female friend named Jocelyn.” “The two walked onto the property and immediately his two pit bulls began to viciously bite his friend. [He] tried to pull the dogs off but he was also bit repeatedly himself.”
Some called 911. An ambulance crew arrived first on the scene to find the woman “still being bitten” while neighbors “threw rocks at the dogs to get them to stop. Once they did, one dog ran into the house and was secured inside while the second was locked in the backyard.”
Both the man and his female friend were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The woman "coded twice" en route. Her condition was listed as critical; she “has severe laceration to her legs, face, head and eyes.”
The man was being treated for “numerous” non-life-threatening injuries.
The police department’s animal control staff brought the dogs to its shelter for quarantine. Yale Child Study Center workers have been made available to help children in the neighborhood.
City officials reviewed the 911 calls Tuesday after questions were raised about why the fire department wasn’t contacted to come to the scene.
City emergency management chief Rick Fontana said the dispatcher acted according to policy by contacting the ambulance company and the cops but not the fire department. That’s because the caller to 911 — who phoned twice — reported that a dog had bitten someone, but didn’t report how seriously.
In general, a routine dog bite is not considered a high-priority call requiring the fire department’s assistance, said Fontana, who reviewed recordings of the calls.
“If they said, ‘Listen, the person was bit on the face, the head, or the neck’” — as this woman was —“you’d get fire department. None of that information was relayed,” Fontana said.
Fire union President Frank Ricci disagreed. He said the dispatcher should have alerted the department: “I’ve been to numerous dog bite calls throughout my career. My take on it is if a citizen’s injuries require treatment, the fire department should be called. We provide the best possible service to the citizen.”