Wednesday, May 22, 2019
STATEN ISLAND NY - A PIT BULL WAS REMOVED FROM A HOME BY NYPD AFTER IT ATTACKED A WOMAN BELIEVED TO BE ITS OWNER
The NYPD removed a pit bull from a Concord home after it attacked its owner Friday morning, sending the woman to the hospital, authorities said.
The dog has been taken to the Animal Care Center in Charleston, according to a spokesman for the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
A call was made at 10:13 a.m. for the 1000 block of Targee Street. The woman was bitten by the PIT BULL in her right forearm, suffering lacerations, according to police.
She was taken to an area hospital, according to authorities. The woman's age and condition were not immediately available.
Police officers could be seen going into a home on the block, then carrying the dog out in a large, white animal crate and putting it into an NYPD truck.
The Advance has been chronicling the growing issue of dog attacks on Staten Island over the past few months.
Staten Island saw nearly 1,000 attacks between 2015 and 2017 -- the highest rate in New York City during that span when adjusted for population size.
Per 100,000 residents, Staten Island saw a jarring 199 attacks in the two-year-window, according to Department of Health and Census data.
The second closest borough is Manhattan at 144 attacks, followed by the Bronx at 127 attacks and Queens at 112 attacks. Brooklyn has the least attacks per 100,000 residents at 91, data shows.
Pit bulls account for 211 attacks on Staten Island between 2015 and 2017 -- the next leading breed is German shepherds at 42, according to Department of Health data.
Further information about Friday’s incident will be reported as it becomes available.