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Dog's two co-owners among wounded, pet taken to SPCA for 10-day quarantine

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A dog attack in the city early Monday morning sent three people to the hospital, including one man with serious injuries.

Authorities and emergency rescue workers responded to 2328 Wilson Blvd. for a report of a bite shortly after 12:30 a.m., according Sgt. Frank Myrtle, of the Winchester Police Department.

"Individuals were having an argument at the residence when a pit bull attacked three people," Myrtle said.

The 7-year-old male pit bull attacked a 25-year-old man, identified as co-owner of the dog, leaving bite wounds on his face, according to Myrtle.

Rescue workers took the man to Winchester Medical Center, Myrtle said. The victim was then transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital for further treatment. Myrtle said he did not know the man's condition.

A 19-year-old woman, also the dog's co-owner, suffered a bite wound to her arm, according to Myrtle. A 20-year-old man visiting the residence tried to pull the dog off the older victim and suffered bite wounds to his hand, Myrtle said. Both were taken to Winchester Medical Center but their conditions also were unknown.

Authorities took the dog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where it must remain for a 10-day quarantine period, according to Myrtle.

Police have not charged anyone in the incident, which remains under investigation.

The attack is fourth such reported incident this year. Police responded to two attacks on Jan. 6, according to Myrtle, neither of which appeared to have resulted in rescue workers taking victims to the hospital.

However, a child was taken to the hospital after a dog attack in 300 block of North Kent Street on Jan. 26, according to Myrtle.


I get SO so tired of hearing about pit bull attacks. This is a breed of dog that is aggressive and deadly and people keep taking them in thinking they're some sort of "cool" breed to own or that they're doing the world a favor.

I love dogs and have nothing personal against pit bulls quite honestly, but it is a breed that should NOT be had as a domesticated pet. ALL attack stories seem to start with the same quote from the owners, "She/He'd NEVER shown any signs of aggression in the five years we had him. I don't know what set him off?"..

Yeah, that's great. Tell that to the 2-year old boy who now needs surgery to put his face back on... Sorry, that's just how I feel about this.

the pitbull breed is not aggressive and deadly at all its how they are raised.i have pitbulls and have friends that have them and i wouldnt own any other breed at all pits are loving and playful dogs and love kids if raised right,they dont like fighting around them but what dog does..there are other dogs that will attack you but no ones worried about putting that out there just the pit breed.you never leave any dog alone with a child at all....my daughter got bit in the face by a mixed breed but nothing came of that but if it had been a pit it sure would have made the news and papers....

No offense, but you own a pitbull and you could very well be "that person" who I always hear on the news, "Oh he's always been such a sweet dog. Never would hurt a flea!!! Dunno what happened?"... I think aggression has been breeded into the breed of dog itself quite honestly.... And sure, pit bulls aren't the only breed of dog that has ever bitten a child, I understand that. Honestly not a big fan of Rottweilers (for example) either...

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