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.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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(7) comments

John Merritt

This is ridiculous. The owner should be given assault charges and both the animals should be put down.

Randy Chapman

Que the pit bull owners who will come to the attacking dogs' defense claiming it's how they are raised. I hope the owner is sued into the poorhouse.

AJ LeBlanc

"If the dog is deemed a dangerous animal..." Soooo, I'm kinda wondering just what that criteria might be. [whistling]

Jim Forsythe

In Texas, a dog that is deemed dangerous is usually a canine that attacks without provocation and in an area other than an enclosed area that can reasonably be considered the dog’s territory.

The court may order the dog destroyed if the court finds that the dog caused serious bodily injury to a person by attacking, biting, or mauling the person. If that finding is not made, the court shall order the dog released https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.822.htm

Blanca Bell

As a dog owner/dog walker I have been attacked several times by dogs on the loose. In all occasions the owner advised that the attacking dog is not dangerous.

No matter what city you live in it is in your best interests to carry some type of club or bat to protect yourself and your pet.

Irresponsible dog owners are on every corner.

Robert Waggoner

Last year I signed up for a new social network site, "Nextdoor, The Neighborhood hub". A large percent of the posting was about "My lost dog". I made a comment about one of the post citing what I saw was a lack in maintaining a secure place for their pet animals. I suggested those having problems or anyone else should contact animal control to get help with suggestions for securing and maintaining their animal. My comments also made reference to someone's children to the animals. Would you let your children have the ability of getting our like the animals are getting out or would you make your home and yard secure enough to contain them. I quickly got a negative response for not caring for animals. Not so, I have a dog that and have had small children that neither was able get out and run loose in the neighborhood. Everyone with animals that run loose can be held liable for doing so when or if someone get attacked by those animals that have were not contained in their own safe environment. My sympathy goes out to the woman that got attacked by the dog and hope she fully recovers. I'm sure she may have been someone's mother or even grandmother.

Doug Sivyer

The owners of the running loose dogs should be euthanized. Dogs are not to be running free and some of them have a natural instinct to be aggressive. Not the dogs fault, the owners fault.

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