Dog turns on its family in Wallkill

July 8, 2011 2:10:16 PM PDT
A family dog viciously attacked its owners, and when police arrived the family pleaded with the officers to put the dog down.

But to the horror of family members, officers wouldn't remove the animal and for most of the day the dog remained at the home.

The family was terrorized by what up until Friday was their pet dog.

From early morning through late afternoon, Max, a purebred boxer, hovered inches away, separated by a blood stained glass door.

In the living room, Joe Antona tried to recover from bites to his face and hands.

The incident took place around 6 a.m., when Max began biting another family dog.

Antona tried to break it up, but Max turned on him.

The family was able to flee the house, and call 911.

Responding officers from the Town of Wallkill used a shovel to scare Max into the fenced in backyard and then they left.

The family tried to call animal control with no luck.

Initially police claimed dealing with Max was the homeowner's responsibility since it was their dog on their property.

Later, the town supervisor told Eyewitness News he was unaware of the seriousness of the attack.

Eventually, with the help of animal control, Max was tranquilized and taken away 10 hours later.