By Anthony J. Machcinski
Kearny police and firefighters had their hands full on April 26 when a dog slipped out of its choker and attacked another dog and its owner.
The incident occurred at 1:54 p.m. near the intersection of Garafola Place and Forest St. when members of the Kearny Fire Department saw a man running across the street in an urgent manner.
Members of the Fire Department investigated and discovered that a larger dog had been attacking a smaller dog, with the two owners attempting to separate the canines.
Kearny Police arrived soon after to aid in the struggle. According to their report, “Bruiser” a large Pitbull/ Greyhound mix, proved to be too strong for the owner’s girlfriend, slipped his leash and attacked a smaller Pug, “Rocky”.
Firefighters Damien Caceres and John DiGiovanni attempted to pull the dogs apart using their hands and feet, even using a CO2 fire extinguisher and a water extinguisher, but to no avail.
Eventually, with help from the Kearny Police, the dogs were separated and Bruiser had his leash restored.
Both Rocky and his owner sustained injuries, but neither was seriously hurt and the owner refused medical attention.
Officer Neil Nelson later followed up with Bruiser’s owner, who had been away, and found that the dog wasn’t licensed. A violation notice was expected to be issued for that infraction.