A pit bull is in police custody and facing euthanasia after an 81-year-old woman and her pet dog were injured during an attack Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Police at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday responded to a reported dog attack in the 1000 block of Newport Boulevard and found the woman and her dog with injuries, said John Griffith, a spokesman for the League City Police Department.
Witnesses told police two dogs, a pit bull and a mixed-breed dog, were loose in the area as the woman was walking her dog. The witnesses said the loose dogs attacked the woman’s dog, Griffith said. The woman fell to the ground during the attack and the pit bull then turned on her.
The woman received non-life-threatening injuries on both arms and a leg, Griffith said.
The woman’s dog was also injured but was released from the veterinarian’s office Wednesday, Griffith said.
A call to the victim’s phone went unreturned as of deadline Wednesday.
City animal control officers caught both of the loose dogs and cited the owner, Chester Gschwind, for the dogs being at large, not having rabies vaccination or city tags, Griffith said.
All three fines combined amount to about $575.
Animal control employees had found the pit bull and mixed-breed dog loose Monday, the day before the attack, and picked them up, Griffith said. The owner came and asked for their release later that day.
The pit bull will remain under a 10-day quarantine required by law for rabies observation, Griffith said.
Representatives with animal services will also investigate the attack, which will include speaking with the victim, witnesses and pet owner, before making a decision about whether the animal is dangerous and should be euthanized, Griffith said.
Under Texas law, a dog is considered dangerous if it makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes injury or death.
Once officials make a determination, the case will go before a Justice of the Peace court judge for a ruling, unless the owner agrees to have the dog put down before a judge hears the case.
Police department officials don’t have statistics about how many dog attacks they’ve investigated, but League City has seen some high-profile incidents in recent years, Griffith said.
Officers, for instance, in 2014 shot and killed a pit bull that mauled a 2-year-old girl and injured the girl’s mother, Griffith said.