Fullerton neighbors on edge after three weekend dog attacks
Neighbors on edge after weekend dog attacks
6:43 PM, Oct 15, 2013
Neighbors on edge after dog attacks - At first glance, things on Brookwood Avenue seem like any ordinary day: quiet streets, dogs barking at the mail carrier, and neighbors chatting on the front porch. But those who live here say Tuesday's atmosphere is anything but 'typical.'
"It's a shame that to walk your dog, you gotta carry something to protect yourself!" Dog owner Janet Cade says as she pulls a butcher's knife out of a brown lunch bag.
After three separate dog attacks in the neighborhood this weekend, neighbors say they're nervous to be outdoors.
"It's very scary. Because the whole time you're walking, you're looking up driveways, you're looking behind you, you're looking in front of you." A search, Cade says, for dogs terrorizing their streets.
Over the weekend, three dog attacks were reported within blocks of each other. The first was on Friday afternoon on Lyndale Avenue where a woman says two dogs viciously attacked and killed her 10-year-old Corgie mix on her back porch. On Sunday, another woman says three dogs dragged her and her rescue dog across her driveway on Leslie Avenue. Several blocks away and a few hours later, John Tumminello says he was gardening when two dogs attacked his young Pitbull mix.
"The black one came down in front of her and that's when I struck the big dog and hollered at him," Tumminello says. "Otherwise, they probably would've done a number on her. They work as a team."
Tuesday morning, Tumminello says he brought a club for protection on his daily walk to the park.
"It's very, very nerve racking. Like Janet said, you fear something is going to attack you-- these two dogs."
Animal Control says they checked out the area Tuesday morning, and say they're in the early stages of an investigation.
They urging pet owners to keep an eye on they're animals and bring them inside if they see anything suspicious.
"Many of the bites, the cases that we have, occur when people get in between animals that are fighting. If you can recognize the risk quickly, get your animals indoors, that's the best way to go," Tom Scollins, Assistant Chief of Animal Control, says.
Animal Control says based on sworn statements violations could range from menacing to dangerous dogs.