Animal Services Employee Viciously Attacked by Pit Bull
UPDATE: 8/12/2016, 11:04 A.M. – According to Hernando County Public Information Officer Virginia Singer, the victim who’s identity will not be released, was transported by Hernando County Fire Rescue for treatment.
Singer says the animal was brought into the facility on July 22nd and was being moved by the victim to another holding area when the attack occurred.
After the attack the animal was placed in quarantine, where it will remain for 10 days.
Singer wanted to clarify that the facility’s staff did not think the incident was a joke.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and we are praying for a speedy recovery” says Singer.
BROOKSVILLE – A Hernando County Animal Services employee is recovering this evening, after a vicious Pit Bull attack that sources say left her with lacerations, torn tendons, and even broken bones.
The attack occurred yesterday inside the Animal Services kennel, located 19450 Oliver Street, but officials have not released the victim’s name or commented on the incident at all.
One anonymous source tells RNRF that the victim is a 27-year veteran of Animal Services and that that she’ll probably lose mobility in one of her hands. He goes on to explain that when the incident occurred “…she dragged the Pit Bull down the hallway to get help because the girls in the office thought she was joking.”
We attempted to speak with facility’s Veterinarian, Dr. Julie Rosenberger, on separate occasions today but we were told that she was in surgery both times. We were also denied access to photograph the Pit Bull responsible for the attack.
We tried to contact Hernando County Government Spokesperson, Virginia Singer, but she has not returned our calls. An assistant in Singer’s office said she will try to provide information on the incident but that they were very busy this week.
Lt. Gerard Schneider of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says “No report was taken on the dog bite involving an Animal Services worker, as it occurred with an animal in custody while an employee was attempting to move it. I do not know the extent of the injuries.”
We will bring more on this story if County Officials provide a statement.
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