Pit bull goes on attack on Long Island

September 10, 2008 3:09:02 PM PDT
Two people were attacked when a dog got loose in Farmingdale Wednesday. It was terrorizing the neighborhood before animal control officers shot it.The victim says he is just relieved the pit bull didn't hurt a child, especially considering the dog ran aimlessly past a playground packed with kids.

After being shot with a tranquilizer, the 100-pound pit bull led police on a chase throughout the village of Farmingdale, attacking 57-year-old Jerry Arenello along the way.

He had bandages covering multiple bites and cuts on his stomach

"I got hit in the stomach and I got hit in the leg," he said. "Twice in the leg, once in stomach."

Authorities suspect the pit bull escaped from a residence, considering it had a broken leash attached to its collar. Arenello got involved when, from his driveway, he heard pavers in a Chase bank parking lot talking about a loose dog. He approached the pit bull thinking it was his neighbors.

"About 8 feet away, I came up to it, and the dog lunged at me," he said.

After the attack, the dog ran by a playground on Prospect Street, where dozens of children witnessed a second attack, when the same dog bit a 48-year-old woman. She refused treatment.

Two tranquilizer darts failed to stop the dog, so a police officer used a handgun to put an end to the mile-long chase.

The dog died on the way to the animal shelter. Its owner has not been identified.

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STORY BY: Long Island reporter Emily Smith

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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