Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BATTLE CREEK MI - CHRISTINE NORTON WAS PUTTING HER KIDS IN HER TRUCK TO GO TO SCHOOL WHEN 2 PIT BULLS CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND ATTACKED HER

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A Battle Creek woman said she feared for her life after being attacked by two aggressive PIT BULLS  Monday.

Police said the dogs went on a rampage, which included attacking a dog after biting the woman in the city's Post neighborhood.
According to Battle Creek Police, a responding officer shot and killed one of the dogs after it charged at him.
The officers started searching for the dogs after Christine Norton called 911 after being bitten by both of the animals before they ran off toward children at a school bus stop, near the intersection of Illinois Street and Lathrop Avenue.
"Kids were getting ready to get on school buses when it happened," said Battle Creek Deputy Police Chief, Bill Grafton.
Norton said she was getting her kids ready for school when she saw two dogs charging at her.  "I was coming down the stairs to get the kids in the truck and they came out of nowhere and attacked me.  I never thought a dog bite would hurt this bad," said Norton.
Norton said she suffered bites on her ankle and wrist outside her Illinois Street home.
"Just looking at them, you saw the aggression in their face. They wanted to do nothing but harm," Norton said. 
Norton said she feared the dogs would attack her children. "I thought the dog was coming for my three year old, so I grabbed and threw her in my truck. It happened in a blink of an eye," Norton said.
Norton said she ran inside her house to call 911 after being bit. When police arrived, they saw the two pit bulls starting to attack another dog in a nearby yard.
One of the officers walked into the backyard when police say the dogs charged at him. The officer then shot and killed one of the dogs.
According to Grafton, the second pit bull was ultimately located and detained by its owner.
Norton said she suffered bites to her ankles and wrist and was released from the hospital Monday afternoon. Norton will require crutches for the meantime.
"You can heal from the wounds, but you can't mentally heal from something like this," Norton said.
Norton questioned why these dogs were allowed outside in the first place.
"The owners have to know their dogs were aggressive. Why have them in the city limits if 9 out of 10 neighbors have children?" Norton said. 
Police say the dog who was attacked will make a recovery. Grafton said the owner of the two pit bulls, a Battle Creek man, was cited for two misdemeanor counts of having loose vicious dogs.
The investigation into the dog attacks are on-going. Grafton said the actions of the officer are not under investigation since he acted "according to protocol."
"When a dog approaches an officer and it is in a threatening manner, we’re going to do whatever we can to keep the community safe," Grafton said.

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