HOKES BLUFF AL - A NEIGHBOR'S "NEWLY ACQUIRED OR RESCUED" BULLMASTIFF EASILY JUMPED OVER A STANDARD SIZE 3 0R 4 FOOT HIGH CHAIN FENCE TO ATTACK 2 TEENAGE GIRLS GETTING OUT OF A CAR AT THEIR HOME...THEY GOT AWAY AND RAN IN THE HOUSE...THE MONSTER FORCED ITS WAY INSIDE THE HOME...4 SHOTS TO KILL IT SO THEY COULD GET TO THE GIRLS!!!
Internet picture - a Bullmastiff is a pit bull/mastiff cross.
A 17-year-old girl was injured Saturday in Hokes Bluff when she was attacked by a BULLMASTIFF that came over a fence after her and a friend, and pushed its way into a house where they tried to find safety.
Hokes Bluff Police Chief Mitchell Hill said the attack happened about 1:23 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Cypress Bend Circle. The girl who was injured had accompanied a friend to her home. The two 17-year-olds pulled into the driveway and got out of the vehicle and the dog, at a neighboring house, came over a chain link fence and attacked the victim.
When the girls were able to get away from the dog, they got inside the house, Hill said, but as they tried to push the door closed, the dog forced its way inside the house.
“This dog was huge. It weighed more than 100 pounds,” Hill said.
If you look up pictures of this breed, he said, there are images of dogs standing on their back legs with their feet on the shoulders of a grown man, and they are taller than he is.
The girls were able to throw something over the dog′s head and got into a bedroom and closed the door, he said. They called 911, but medics responding couldn’t get inside the injured girl because the dog still was in the house.
It came at officers and medics when they tried to come in the house, Hill said. An officer had to shoot the dog to get in to help the girl, and Hill said it took four shots to put the animal down.
The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She had a bite on the back of one arm and some less serious injuries, Hill said.
Hill said from speaking to the girl’s parents, he understands that she’s OK, though still suffering nightmares.
The dog was inside a “standard” height fence, the chief said, about 3 or 4 feet high. However, he said, the dog was large enough that it came over the fence easily. He said no citations or charges have been brought in connection with the incident.
THE DOG'S OWNER HAD THE ANIMAL ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF BEFORE THE ATTACK, HILL SAID, AND INDICATED THE DOG WAS A "RESCUE" ANIMAL.
Personnel with local animal shelters did not believe the dog came from their facilities; without seeing a picture of the dog, they could not be sure that it had not been at one of the shelters at some point in time.
Some people refer to a dog as a “rescue” dog because they believe they’ve rescued it from an unfortunate situation, a shelter official said.