December 23, 2003
Pit Bull Mauls Bloomfield Baby Sitters
The Associated Press
BLOOMFIELD A pit bull was shot after mauling two teenage girls who were baby-sitting three young children.
The dog was killed when it approached a deputy who arrived on the scene Monday, San Juan sheriff's Detective Sgt. Tyler Truby said.
A 13-year-old girl was treated for bites to her legs and back and a 14-year-old was treated for bites to her legs, knees, arms and face.
The attacks began about noon Monday when the teens were playing chase with the children, Truby said. One of the young children released the pit bull from its kennel, he said.
Once released, the dog attacked the 13-year-old where she was hiding. The older teen went to her rescue, kicking the dog, which then released the 13-year-old.
The 14-year-old ran into a bedroom and the dog followed and attacked her.
A Bloomfield animal control officer said the dog would walk toward the girl, then lunge and grab her. He struck the animal on the head with a catch pole, and it ran out the back door.
When the deputy arrived, he found a large white pit bull with a bloody mouth coming toward him.
The deputy stood still, but the dog continued to approach with its head down, tensing up as it neared. The deputy shot it when it was about 12 feet away, Truby said.