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Elderly man mauled by pit bulls in own yard in USVI

- 80-year-old man clinging to life after attack; Dogs were reported to police numerous times before
September 5th, 2019 | Tags: pit-bulls attack elderly man arrested VIPD
Persons relay information of the pit bulls attack to police. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— A man in his eighties was “losing a lot of blood” and clinging to life on Wednesday night, September 4, 2019 after being viciously attacked by five pit bull dogs that rushed him in his own yard in St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

According to several individuals who witnessed the attack, some of whom were also attacked by the dogs previously, the man was in yard when the dogs rushed him and started barbarously biting his flesh. As the attack was occurring, frightful and angry neighbours called for help. They called 911 seeking immediate reponse — doing so with a high level of frustration as they had reported the dogs numerous times before to police with little results.

According to the neighbours, the wild pit bull dogs, 7 in total, belong to a neighbour at the beginning of the street. This neighbour, a man, had been urged many times to properly secure the dogs in his yard because of the animals’ aggressive behaviour toward the community, the neighbours said. The dogs have attacked virtually every family in the small neighbourhood, according to multiple eyewitness.

Frequent attacks reported

They recently attacked an elderly, deaf man, and had to be shouted away by a frightened neighbour. On Saturday, they attacked a man, his son and two daughters who were walking the main road of the neighbourhood and attempting to get into a vehicle. The father had a knife and managed to slash one of the dogs. Days before, the dogs stormed the yard of another neighbour, forcing family members to run inside their home and quickly close a metal gate of their porch. Video recorded of the incident shows the dogs barking at the family who were confined to their home until the dogs left.

The elderly man was badly injured by the five dogs. Pictures the Consortium has seen show what appears to be the man’s right foot disfigured with wounds and blood all over it; his chin showed a gaping wound and a deep gash under his lower lip. When an ambulance arrived on the scene, the man was placed on a stretcher and was rushed to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for treatment, where family members said he was losing blood. In critical condition, he was airlifted to a mainland medical facility for further treatment, family members said.

The Clifton Hill neighbourhood where the incident occurred is on the last street to the left when coming from the Melvin Evans Highway by the Container Port intersection. Neighbors said they had called police multiple times to the location to report the dogs. Police officers, they said, came to the area but said they could do nothing but admonish the dog owner to keep his pit bulls in the yard. The neighbors felt like the community was let down by the police department, as several incidents were reported and no serious action was taken.

St Croix Police Chief William Harvey, who was on the scene, said the man whose yard the dogs were supposed to be secured in, whose identity was not revealed at the time, had been arrested. The dogs were also taken away and were to be put down. A police report on the incident is expected to be released with more details about the arrest and the suspect.

At least one of the pit bulls, which neighbours described as the aggressive ring leader, was coming toward this reporter when he arrived on the scene from the main entrance. Its mouth was made red by the elderly man’s blood, and it was still enraged, barking as it came closer. “Go in your car!” the neighbours, who know all too well of the dogs’ violent nature, yelled. “It will attack you. Get in your car!”

5 Responses to “Elderly man mauled by pit bulls in own yard in USVI”

  • Hmmm (05/09/2019, 17:02) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Apparently people in that neighborhood don’t know what poison is......
    • Too true (05/09/2019, 17:54) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Please no - you would probably end up killing other neighbors' pets too
  • Greg (05/09/2019, 22:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    People come first over animals. You love your pets, keep them secure and on a leash...period!
  • Jove (06/09/2019, 10:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clearly law is failing to keep communities safe. I wonder how this man is today.
  • Looking on... (06/09/2019, 15:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poison hmph mu mother calls it a dose of hush...contain your animals if they a aggressive...contain your animals even if they are not aggressive...if it was me they would find what they come looking for...a hushabye...

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