Three Teens Attacked by Pit Bulls While Walking Home From School
BROOKSVILLE – Just after 3:00 p.m. today, RNRF received reports of a Pit Bull attack on Orlando Street near Lauderdale Street. After arriving on the scene, we spoke to three teenage boys who say they were walking home from Nature Coast High School, when a large Pit Bull and what appeared to be mix breed Pit attacked them.
While we were interviewing the victims, the same two dogs appeared through an opening in a fence at 16070 Lauderdale Street and began to charge towards us in an aggressive manor. After taking cover, the dogs retreated back into the yard of the same residence.
Minutes later, an Animal Control Officer arrived on the scene, prompting the dogs to charge after her truck.
The victims did not sustain serious injuries but they are concerned for their future safety and the safety of smaller children who may wander by the property.
The fence surrounding the residence appeared tattered and large openings riddled the entire perimeter. There were several signs attached to the fence stating “Beware of Dog” and “No Trespassing.”
It is unknown if there was anyone home at the time of the attacks.
A few weeks ago, a 7-year-old boy was mauled by a stray Pit Bull in the area of Newhope Road and Spring Hill Drive. An official report was never made but sources say the child sustained severe bites to the face and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.
It is believed the attack occurred after the victim’s family brought the stray animal in from the streets.
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