GREENBELT MD - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT THE FRONT DOOR THAT ISN'T ALL THE WAY SECURE AND ATTACKED NORMA COATES SMALL FAMILY PET....FOR THE SECOND TIME!!!
(ABC7) — Norma Coates five-year-old Bijou named Lucky was attacked twice by German Contreras's family pet named Debo. Now, Lucky's owner wants Debo removed from their Greenbelt, Md. neighborhood.
"It's a frightening situation to deal with day-to-day," Coates said.
Earlier this year, Debo ran out Contreras' house and attacked Lucky. Coates' daughter Natasha Lyles says she got bitten too. It was the second attack in three years. Lucky now walks with a limp and potentially could lose an eye.
Down the block at Debo's home, the AMERICAN BULLDOG doesn't look dangerous. Contreras has owned Debo since he was just a pup and says the two attacks were tragic accidents and wishes both never happened.
Animal Control Commission records show Contreras ran after Debo and tried to stop him but Debo didn't listen.
Natasha provided ABC7's Scott Taylor with pictures of the injuries she says she suffered. Contreras claims Debo never bit Natasha and says her injuries were scrapes caused by her fall to the ground.
Coates filed a complaint and the City of Greenbelt's Animal Control and Prince George's County Animal Control Commission labeled Debo a vicious or dangerous animal.
"Their front door isn't all the way secure and the dog burst out when he saw them walking their dog," said Howard Stanback of Greenbelt's Animal Control Unit.
Commission records show Contreras didn't have a current County Dog License for Debo, plus the dog's vaccinations were not up to date, which led Natasha to undergo 11 rabies shots.
Contreras was eventually found guilty of violating a vaccination code, dog license and vicious animal code and was fined $175. He is also facing $2,000 in city fines and says he paid Lucky's family more than $3,000 to cover medical and vet bills.
Debo is now micro chipped and warning signs must be posted at the dog's home. A judge also ordered Debo to be muzzled and leashed while out in public.
Meanwhile, Coates is still weary of Debo's presence.