Courtesy: Juliana Mazza (WDSU)
Jefferson Parish Animal Control officials confirmed that two pit bulls escaped from their home Sunday, later attacking a woman and her beagle in Metairie.
The victim and her dog were walking in the 3400 block Taft Park in Metairie when off-duty Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Dormoy heard the woman’s screams for help.
“Those dogs were just all over her. One was trying to go for a piece of her clothes. The other was trying to go for her hands,” Dormoy said.
He said he instantly ran out of his house waving an umbrella and yelling, trying to scare them off. He said they stopped and backed off, but only for a moment.
“Once they backed off I’m yelling at her, ‘Get in the house, get in the house.’ She got on my porch. I put myself between her and my dogs, and the dogs still came,” Dormoy said.
He told WDSU the woman had puncture wounds to her hand and was “bleeding a little bit.” He said he believes the dog was also injured and they both needed treatment.
Surveillance cameras were not positioned in a way to capture the attack. However, they did capture the moments after, when the woman and her beagle were seen walking to a car that had arrived to take them home.
Animal Control said they were able to find the owners, who said the dogs escaped through the front door. Animal Control inspectors said the home passed all inspections. They told WDSU a court date will be held, but there is no word as to when.