CHADRON NE - PIT BULL DRAMA: A MAN DRIVING A TRUCK DOWN THE STREET SPOTTED A WOMAN BEING ATTACKED BY 5 PIT BULLS...HE USED PEPPER SPRAY TO GET THEM OFF HER...THEY THEN CHASED HIM BACK INTO HIS TRUCK...THEN 2 WENT ONE WAY AND 3 WENT THE OTHER WAY AS TASERS AND TRANQUILIZER GUNS CAME OUT...FINALLY THEY CRASHED THROUGH THE WINDOW OF A HOUSE!!!
CHADRON, Neb. (CPD Release / KNEP) - A Good Samaritan and police officers are credited with saving a Chadron woman being attacked by A GROUP OF PIT BULLS.
According to a news release, the Chadron Police Department received call Friday from a reporting party advising a pack of pit bull dogs attacked a woman at the intersection of West Second Street and Oak Street. Three officers responded and the first on the scene, Officer DeBock, encountered 5 PITBULL DOGS chasing the reporting party, who got into a truck for safety.
The 5 dogs split, with 2 of them heading south on Oak Street. The other 3 dogs observed Officer DeBock and ran towards his location. Sgt. Chrisman and Lt. Hickstein arrived on scene and the trio of dogs charged at the officers’ multiple times causing Officer DeBock to deploy his Taser on one of the animals, striking it and making it run off. The dogs grouped back up on the 200 block of Oak Street and officers formed a perimeter to keep the dogs in a containment area.
Local Veterinarian, Dr. Gamby was contacted along with White River Feed owner, Cody Brooks for use of a tranquilizer gun and the drugs needed to use in the tranquilizer gun. With their assistance, 3 of the 5 dogs were tranquilized causing all but 1 of them to break a window and run into the basement of a residence, believed at the time, and later confirmed to be the dogs home. Once the dogs were in the house officers barricaded the broken window, trapping the dogs inside. The dog who did not go inside the house received affects from the tranquilizer dart and was captured without harm to the animal. The owners of the 5 dogs was eventually contacted and brought back to the residence. All 5 dogs were taken to the Panhandle Veterinary Clinic, where they are being quarantined per City of Chadron ordinance.
The woman who was attacked by the 5 dogs was taken to the Chadron Community Hospital. She is currently receiving treatment for numerous injuries to various regions of the body due to the attack.
Through an interview with the reporting party, investigators learned he observed the 5 Pitbull dogs take the victim to the ground and attack her together, bringing her onto her back. He responded by getting out of his truck and spraying the 5 dogs with pepper spray, which assisted in ending the attack. The dogs then chased the reporting party himself, but he escaped without getting bit. In their release, Chadron Police thanked the reporting party for his actions, as they believe he may have very well saved the life of the victim through his actions.
The owner of the dogs, 35-year-old Benjamin Harvey, was issued a citation for 5 counts of Dog At Large, 5 counts of not having city animal licenses with 3 not having immunization shots, and violation of the kennel license ordinance for having more than 3 dogs on premise.