TAUNTON MA - HOW DO YOU CONTROL 1 PIT BULL WHEN YOU OPEN THE FRONT DOOR AND A SMALL POODLE IS BEING WALKED BY? THEN HOW DO YOU CONTROL 5 MORE PIT BULLS THAT ALSO CHARGED OUT THE DOOR TO KILL THE SMALL PET BEING WALKED BY ON A LEASH? HOW DO YOU CONTROL 6 PITS AND WHY SHOULD ANYONE HAVE 6 PITS?
(WPRI) — A Taunton police officer had to get creative while helping a woman who was being chased and attacked by SIX PIT BULLS Wednesday night.
The initial investigation revealed the dogs' owner opened his door, allowing one of the dogs to escape. Police said when he tried to retrieve the dog, the other five pushed by him and went after 51-year-old Rochelle Silva, who was out walking her own dog, Ace.
"All six were on me," she recalled. "If there were six of them, then all six were on me. All six of them were biting at me."
According to police, the officer was conducting routine patrol on Broadway when he saw Silva running in the middle of the road. He then saw the pit bulls, which eventually caught up to her and began attacking her.
"They kept biting at me to get to Ace," Silva said.
Police said the officer could not safely fire a shot at the pit bulls because they were on top of Silva so instead, he got back in his cruiser and activated the sirens and air horns to get the dogs' attention.
The noise distracted the dogs, according to police, giving the officer an opportunity to escort Silva, with the help of a good Samaritan, to his cruiser.
Police said the owner of the dogs, a 36-year-old Taunton man, ran from his home and attempted to get the dogs under control. At this point, some of the dogs were attempting to jump through the driver's side window of the cruiser, according to police.
The officer was able to roll up his window to avoid being bitten but the good Samaritan, a 53-year-old Raynham man, was bitten by one of the dogs during the incident.
Police said the dogs' owner eventually managed to get them back inside his home.
Caitlin Hubacheck happened to be driving by when the attack occurred.
"It was pretty horrific, seeing the woman, she was screaming in agony holding herself, just hunched over screaming in agony," Hubacheck said. "There’s just dogs everywhere and then the man was completely off by himself and he was getting bit."
Hubacheck said she is a pit bull owner herself and admits this breed of dog needs to be properly trained to prevent situations like this.
"They are big strong dogs and they’re hard to take care of," Hubacheck said.
Silva was transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. She is still in the hospital recovering.
The good Samaritan was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he received treatment for a dog bite to the leg.
Silva said Ace ended up dying from his injuries at a local animal hospital.
"He was such a good dog. You are not expecting him to go out that way," Silva's daughter Arianna said. "He was tortured before he went."
According to police, all six dogs were seized by Taunton Animal Control and will be quarantined prior to a hearing with the owner. The incident remains under investigation.
A Taunton woman attacked by six dogs is recovering from awful injuries.
Rochelle Silva recalls being on the ground as SIX PIT BULLS attacked her and she thinks the officer who responded should have done more to stop it.
"All six were on me. If there were six of them then all six were on me," Silva said from her hospital room Friday. "All six of them were biting at me."
Taunton police say she was attacked by six pitbulls that came out of a home on Broadway Wednesday night.
"Bites all over my body. I got a bite on my face, bites on my arms," Silva said. "I have a big chunk out of my right leg...behind my knee cap that went right to the bone."
She was walking her daughter's dog, Ace, when at least one dog got out. Police say when the owner tried to get that dog, five more escaped.
"They weren't able to get at Ace," Silva said. "They kept biting at me to get at Ace."
She said she tried to run across the street to put Ace over a fence so the dogs couldn't get him.
An officer on patrol saw the attack and stopped. Police say the officer could not use his weapon because the dogs were so close to the victim so he activated his lights and sirens to scare the dogs. Silva recalls a good Samaritan being the one help get her to safety while the officer was in his cruiser.
"He told the cop to unlock the door so he could get me in the car and he put me in the car," she said. "I don't know how I lost Ace. I don't know how I lost Ace in my arms."
Rochelle's daughter found Ace in a nearby yard.
"His breaths were very, very faint and slow," Arianna Silva said. "But he was breathing a little bit, so we rushed him to West Bridgwater Animal Hospital"
Ace died from his injuries. Rochelle Silva, who her daughter says has worked her whole life helping others at various non-profits, could be out of work for months.
The Good Samaritan was also bitten, but had a minor injury.