Monday, May 1, 2017
ROSEVILLE, MACOMB COUNTY MI - A WOMAN WAS ATTACKED AND HER BOYFRIEND SEVERELY MAULED BY HER SON'S PIT BULL THAT HAD REPORTEDLY ATTACKED THE WOMAN BEFORE
The mauling of a Roseville couple by a PIT BULL was horrific, neighbors said, but more startling: many remembered hearing of another attack weeks ago, the same home, same dog.
“I just saw all of these police cars and an ambulance,” said Joe Stebbeds about Sunday’s attack, who lives next door to the couple attacked. “I didn’t know what it was all about until I saw it on the news.”
The Roseville woman and her husband remained hospitalized in critical condition after the mauling in their home on the 30000 block of Normal. The dog belongs to the woman’s 28-year-old son, police said. Officers met the bloodied 52-year-old woman outside the home, where she said she’d been attacked by her son’s pit bull. Police say the woman suffered “severe” bites on her face, head and arms, and was “bleeding profusely.”
Medics transported the woman to a hospital, where she required surgery. Her husband had been attacked, too, and he was still in the house, the woman said. At the front door of the home, a neighbor was yelling at a dog to “get away,” police said.
Officers approached and saw a 51-year-old man “unconscious on the living room floor, suffering from horrific bites to his arms and face,” a statement on the incident said. But the dog “was present and was extremely aggressive,” to the point the emergency personnel didn’t feel safe entering the home.
It was only when an officer went to the back door and pounded on it to distract the dog, who walked toward the noise, that paramedics were able to enter and remove the man. When the dog returned to the front of the home, a firefighter used a Taser, which kept the dog neutralized long enough to remove the man.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said Monday he didn’t immediately know what the relationship was between the male victim and the woman’s son.
The pit bull and a second dog were taken by Macomb County Animal Control. Any charges will be determined by Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.
The man needed to be airlifted to the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he was in “extremely critical condition.” A few doors down from Stebbeds, Jan Schulter and Rose Lieblang were talking about the attack over the fence. Like Stebbeds, they saw the police cars and ambulance Sunday. They were shocked to hear about the dog attack. “It’s a pretty quiet street,” said Schulter.
Lieblang said she’d heard the dog in Sunday’s attack had bitten the owner’s mother a couple of weeks ago. “That’s what surprises me,” she said. "HOW COULD YOU BE ABLE TO KEEP A DOG THAT'S ALREADY BITTEN YOU IN YOUR HOME?"