(WJAR) — A woman is recovering after she and her dog were attacked by PIT BULLS in a Pawtucket neighborhood.
The dog died during the incident.
The woman told police two pit bulls charged at her and her dog during their walk. Police said she told them when she picked up her dog the pit bulls attacked them.
Police said the woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but her dog was killed.
“I was surprised because I've seen the dogs before and they've never done anything. They stayed quiet and in the yard,” explained area resident Quiana Moyet.
It happened at the intersection of Hicks and Abbott streets, in between two local schools.
Some neighbors said they were shocked.
“I didn't even know there were a couple pit bulls around here,” said Antero Barbosa.
Barbosa said he walks his dog multiple times a day around the same block.
“Something needs to be addressed,” explained upset District Three City Councilman Terry Mercer.
Mercer was deeply upset to hear about the attack. He said a similar incident happened years ago.
“She picked up her dog. It was ripped from her arms. She was bitten, the dog was killed right in her hands and she's been traumatized ever since.,” he explained about the past attack in his ward.
More than a decade ago, the city had a ban on pit bulls because the problem was out of hand, but in 2013 the general assembly amended a law to not allow cities to have breed-specific legislation.
“If we're going to allow it then there needs to be some way to hold the owners of these breeds responsible,” explained Mercer.
While some neighborhood residents are on edge, others remain hopeful this was an isolated incident.
“I walk my dog all the time, I haven't seen no weird dogs around, no bullies,” said Barbosa.
Animal control took the dogs and police have located the owner.
Police say it is an ongoing investigation.