UPDATE – DOG ATTACK: A woman out walking her dog jumped and bitten by loose “pit bull…” [AUDIO/VIDEO]

UPDATE – DOG ATTACK: A woman out walking her dog jumped and bitten by loose “pit bull…”  [AUDIO/VIDEO]

UPDATE FROM THE YPD FB PAGE – SAD NEWS…LITTLE ‘DOC’ HAS DIED. The Yarmouth Police Department regrets to announce that the little Terrier that was attacked on Wednesday evening in West Yarmouth was unable to overcome his injuries and has died. We asked his distraught owner, who was also attacked, and is home recovering from her wounds to tell us about Little Doc and she told us the following…..”We had found Doc abandoned and tied to a pole behind a feline shelter we worked at in October 2015 when we were still living in Bloomfield NJ. Based on his matted fur and long nails he had clearly not been well cared for…off he went for shots and neutering and the vet told us that he was no older than 2. The first week he was with us he had severe separation anxiety and would cry if he couldn’t see you. He eventually “outgrew” that fear but still would rather be where ever we were at all times. He fell in love with his feline brothers and sisters and spent his days in games of tag with them or bringing us his toys to throw. And any mentione of “walkie” had his ears perked up and his eyes dancing . He was the sweetest thing who could get anything he wanted just by looking up at you with those sweet sad eyes. We already miss him terribly!” Rest In Peace Doc…from all of us at the YPD and the town of Yarmouth



Latest update on the dog’s condition:  12 pound terrier mix still fighting for its life.  Reported in critical condition, possibly paralyzed…


The following is the actual YPD press statement:

Loose Dog Attacks Woman and another Dog

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at approximately 9:20PM, Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of Higgins Crowell Road and Roberta Drive in West Yarmouth for a report of a dog attacking a woman and her dog.

Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officer Nicholas Giammarco and K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault arrived as the attack had just ended and met with a woman who was holding a small terrier mix dog, appearing to be approximately 12 pounds, in her arms. The dog was bloody and motionless.

The woman reported that she and her dog were attacked and she did not know if her dog was dead. The woman had been bitten in the back and her hands but declined medical treatment. The dog was examined by the Police Officers and found to be unresponsive but had a pulse and was breathing.

Yarmouth Police K9 Officer Thibeault escorted the woman and her dog to Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Dennis. Upon arrival, the terrier was taken by staff into a room for emergency treatment and held overnight suffering from serious life threatening injuries.

Police Officers spoke further with the woman who reported that she resides in the neighborhood and took her three year old dog for a walk on a leash. Approximately five minutes into the walk, the woman heard a dog barking and could hear the dog’s footsteps getting closer. She picked up her dog and held him in her arms as a Pitbull she recognized as belonging to a home on Roberta Drive ran at her and her dog. The Pitbull jumped on her back, biting at her and at her dog. The woman tried to shield her dog from the attacking dog but her dog fell to the ground. The Pitbull bit and held her dog by the neck and began to wildly shake him back and forth.

The woman was screaming loudly during the attack. A neighbor, who was later identified as the 911 caller, came out of his house to assist. The helpful neighbor had a flashlight that was illuminating them and the Pitbull briefly let go; but then came back attacking both she and her dog again.

The woman then overheard a female’s voice in the distance yelling, “Get back here! Come!” The Pitbull let go and left.

Officer Thibeault checked further with the woman who stated she was mainly bit in the back, but her thick layers of clothing prevented the Pitbull from making contact with her skin. She was also bit on the hands, but the skin did not break. Officer Thibeault observed swelling and a bruise from a canine tooth on her right hand and the woman felt that her left middle finger was broken. Officer Thibeault took pictures of her injured hands and torn clothing as evidence.

Today, the injured dog was transported to an advanced animal care facility and is currently in life threatening critical condition.

The town of Yarmouth Department of Natural Resources Animal Control and Protection Unit has conducted a follow-up investigation. The owner of the 2.5 year old American Pit Bull Terrier that weighs 60 pounds who committed the attack has been cooperative.

The Pitbull has been placed in a secure facility in quarantine, a loose dog citation has been issued, and the investigation by the Yarmouth Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Yarmouth Police Department is currently active and ongoing.

[This release was prepared and distributed by the Command Staff of the Yarmouth Police Department.]



Initial HN coverage:


YARMOUTH – [DEVELOPING] – As you will hear in the following audio, a woman was out walking with her own dog when reportedly attacked by another dog that was on the loose…

At about 9:20PM last evening, police and rescue responded to the intersection of Higgins Crowell Road and Roberta Ave to help the woman and her dog.

According to emergency radio transmissions, the woman’s dog was reportedly struck by a vehicle during the attack, and was said to be already deceased… that may not be the case however, as a Yarmouth K-9 Patrol Officer swiftly gave the woman and her beloved pet a police escort to a 24hour emergency animal hospital in Dennis. (NOTE: The woman and her dog were already being escorted to Dennis when HN began rolling on footage at the scene of the reported attack.)

HN was able to respond to both the scene of the reported attack, as well as the animal hospital in Dennis.

According to sources, at the time of this report, the injured dog was at the 24hour Cape Cod Veterinary Specialist Hospital in Dennis, there has been no word whether it survived or not. Also, the dog that was loose is said to now be in the custody of its owner and off the streets.

But no matter what happens, this was an extremely traumatic and tragically sad situation for everyone involved.

Also, this is a developing situation and no other details were available at the time of this report. It’s important to note that details regarding the exact breed of the loose dog, and the circumstances regarding the reported attack have not yet been officially confirmed or released.

Yarmouth Animal Control officials were notified regarding the incident and are on the case…

The following video contains emergency audio, as well as footage from both scenes.


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8 responses to UPDATE – DOG ATTACK: A woman out walking her dog jumped and bitten by loose “pit bull…” [AUDIO/VIDEO]

  1. CapeGirl February 2nd, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I’m shocked! I’ve never heard this type of story before.


  2. Deb February 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s hope that this situation turns out well for everyone concerned.


  3. Lauriene February 2nd, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Where is the name of the pitbulll’s owner? I think is the same dog that attacked someone I know


  4. Al February 3rd, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Pitbull owner name katie


  5. Will Stephens February 4th, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Still biting my nails on the “official” release of the dog breed. My money says it was one of those vicious golden retrievers.



  6. Kiersten February 5th, 2017 at 8:24 am

    This is a topic which is near to my heart… Take care!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?


  7. furrypants February 6th, 2017 at 8:08 am

    human’s should be held accountable not the breed of dog.the owner of the animal is responsible for making sure an aggressive animal is not loose.and when nothing happens to people who do this it will continue.my dogs have shots and leashes yet we have been attacked by loose dogs 5 times while walking.one of the dogs had no shots so my dog got house arrest even though she was up to date and leashed.so a responsible owner gets punished and bad owner gets what.so maybe if they had to pay for this poor little dog that was killed they might not be so willing to let their dog loose so sorry to the woman who lost her little dog RIP


  8. lola February 9th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    my heart breaks for the little guy & his mommy!
    so excited he must have been for his evening walk, only to never come back home again!!
    and all because of an irresponsible dog owner!
    this should never have happened.
    i know only to well the dread you feel when you hear another dogs footsteps getting closer and closer behind..
    rest in peace little doc… xo