Nutley PD: Another pit bull attacks human, smaller dog


Another pit bull is responsible for an attack on a human, only this time, unlike a similar attack in Nutley a few weeks ago, this dog also attacked another small dog, the Nutley Police Department said today.

On April 15, at the intersection of Centre St. and Ravine Ave., police said a woman was walking her pit bull, it got loose and proceeded to attack a smaller dog.

The pit bull pictured above is not the same animal accused in this story.
The pit bull pictured above is not the same animal accused in this story.

The pit’s jaw locked so tightly on the throat of the smaller dog, called Blue Bear, that a responding Nutley PD officer had to use force to get the pit to loosen its clasp on the smaller pup.

The smaller dog was rushed to an area animal hospital with puncture wounds to its throat, neck and ear, while its owner was taken to hospital for bites she sustained on her hand and leg while she was trying to save her dog, the NPD said.

Meanwhile, police said the woman who had the pit bull in her possession had the dog on a trial basis to see whether it was compatible with her family — she found out about the dog from an Instagram post.

The Nutley woman told police the dog’s original owners, who live in Midland Park, told her the pit bull had been involved in another biting incident in Midland Park some time ago.

The Midland Park dog owners are en route to Nutley to demonstrate proof of vaccinations and to re-take custody of the pit bull. Meanwhile, Nutley Animal Control arrived on the scene of the incident and released the pit, called Toby, to the Nutley woman who has temporary possession of it, police said.

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