UPDATE: https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/After-Mauling-of-PetSmart-Worker-Victim-of-Earlier-Dog-Attack-Feels-Horror-467222953.htmlUPDATE: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2017/12/29/236565-Dog-Attacked-PetSmart-Groomer-Euthanized
A 22-year-old PetSmart employee was seriously injured when she was mauled by a PIT BULL MIX during a grooming earlier this week.
Police in Barnstable, Massachusetts said they received a call around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday about a dog bite at the PetSmart in Hyannis.
When they arrived, police said they found a trail of blood leading from the grooming area through the customer aisle and training area, around the corner and into the employee lounge.
In the lounge, police found a female PetSmart employee being treated by co-workers for multiple bite wounds. She reportedly suffered BITE WOUNDS TO HER UPPER TORSO, WRIST AND HAND, AS WELL AS EXTENSIVE TEARING OF THE FLESH, POSSIBLE BROKEN BONES AND A POSSIBLE DISLOCATED SHOULDER.
The victim said the owner of the dog, a pit bull mix, brought it in wearing a muzzle asking that it be groomed. When asked about the muzzle, the owner said the dog had previously attacked another dog, but was "sweet as can be." The owner was informed that store policy required the removal of the muzzle during grooming.
Police said the dog had actually previously attacked a person, and PetSmart would have declined to provide grooming services if that information had been disclosed.
During the grooming process, while the dog was being moved, police said the dog attacked the victim FOR NO APPARENT REASON AND WITHOUT WARNING AND WOULD NOT LET GO OF HER ARM.
Co-workers used an air horn and a special spray, but were still unable to deter the dog until they were finally able to physically pull the victim's arm out of the dog's mouth. They then secured the dog in a cage and brought the victim to the employee lounge.
Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, rescue workers stabilized her at the scene and then transported her to Cape Cod Hospital. SHE WAS LATER FLOWN TO BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL IN BOSTON FOR FURTHER TREATMENT.
Her name is not being released and her condition is not known at this time.
Following the incident, the dog was released to the owner and ordered to be kept under quarantine for 10 days. Sandwich police and animal control were also notified.
Police said they are not ruling out the possibility of charging the dog's owner.