PALM COAST, FLAGLER COUNTY FL - A PIT BULL PICKED UP AS A STRAY BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY WAS NEUTERED AND VACCINATED AND A FEW DAYS LATER THE MEAT GRINDER ATTACKED A VOLUNTEER
A stray pit bull that bit and injured a volunteer worker at the Flagler Humane Society was put down recently.
According to FHS records, the 68-pound PIT BULL TERRIER attacked a female volunteer Dec. 5 as she was walking him in a dog play area at the Palm Coast animal rescue. Shelter workers had named the 4-year-old male dog Slurpy.
The woman, whose identity was not released, had to be rushed to the trauma center at Halifax Health Medical in Daytona Beach to be treated for bite wounds to her arm.
Humane Society workers picked up Slurpy from the Bed & Biscuit Inn on Nov. 22 after workers at the Flagler Beach animal kennel reported the stray dog showed up on the front porch without an owner.
According to an incident report, no owners called or came forward to claim the animal, so Humane Society staffers neutered and vaccinated him Dec. 2.
The bite occurred three days later, reports show. According to a staff member’s statement, a customer came into the front lobby yelling for aid because “there was someone outside yelling for help.”
Staff members went outside and found Slurpy gnawing the victim’s arm in the play yard. The woman was able to wrestle out of the dog’s clutches and escape the play yard, but she stumbled to the ground moments later and was bleeding profusely.
Flagler County and Palm Coast paramedics responded to treat the woman, Palm Coast Fire Department spokesman Patrick Juliano said. Her condition was unclear Friday.
Following last week’s attack, Flagler Humane Society executive director Amy Carotenuto had Slurpy euthanized by injecting him with pentobarbital sodium, a central nervous system depressant, records show.