UPDATE: Pit Bull Mauls Man On Barry Avenue in Mamaroneck

A pit bull attacked a 29-year old man on North Barry Avenue last night in the Village of Mamaroneck.

Update: A Domestic Incident Report (DIR) was filed in this case after officers conducted an investigation of the incident at the scene and and determined a domestic incident had occurred, said Village of Mamaorneck Police Spokesperson Sandra DiRuzza. The DIR has been used to document domestic violence in New York State since 1994 and police are required to complete them when responding to a domestic violence call, whether or not an arrest is made. It is unclear what course of action led to the report being filed.

Stay tuned to Patch for further updates on this case

Police shot and wounded a pit bull that latched onto a 29-year old Bronx man on the 400 block of North Barry Avenue in the Village of Mamaroneck (VOM) at 7:48 a.m. yesterday morning and wouldn’t let go.

Several frantic neighbors called 911 after the dog began attacking the man in the middle of the street.  One bystander attempted to distract the dog with a large stick prior to the police arriving on the scene, however, the dog continued its relentless attack on the man, undaunted by the attempts to stop it, said a release sent out by the VOM Police Department this morning.

Even after one officer fired several rounds at the dog, it only seemed to fuel the dog’s fury even more as it charged at the officer. 

With the assistance of the dog’s owner and an animal snare, the wounded dog was brought under control and taken to Greenburgh Animal Hospital to be euthanized at the request of its owner.

It is unknown why the dog initially attacked the man.

The victim was taken to the hospital for multiple bite wounds and later released.

No officers were injured.  


What do you think about this?  Do you think pit bulls should be kept as pets?  Tell us in the comments section below.

Editor's Note: An update to the original story indicated that a DIR was filled out at the same time that the incident with the dog occurred.  This sentence was clarified to indicate that the report was filled out after officers had conducted an investigation.

Vicky October 17, 2011 at 04:11 PM
This happened at 7:45am not pm
BG7 October 17, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Cue the comments from people blaming the owner, asserting how their own pit is just a flumpsy wumpsy cotton ball, and ignoring the fact that modern pit bulls didn't even exist 1000 years ago but were selected for over the generations by breeding for strength and viciousness for killing animals. Great choice of pet for the suburb. Especially if you've got some machismo insecurity.
T Hall October 17, 2011 at 04:56 PM
I think there is a lot more to this story
Stefani Kim October 17, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Hi Vicky, Sorry, it's been corrected to a.m. Best, Stefani Kim
Buddy October 17, 2011 at 06:54 PM
no bad dogs, only bad owners.
Paula October 17, 2011 at 07:03 PM
You cynicism is misplaced. No, pit bulls are not flumpsy wumpsy cotton balls, they are very powerful dogs which is why they are not a pet for an IRRESPONSIBLE OWNER. The dog clearly was not raised properly since my pit would never just race into the street to attack anyone and my house was always filled with people and kids. The real issue here is why was the dog loose in the street to attack ANYONE. The owner should be fined for not only causing harm to the man but for the incredible pain the dog experienced from multiple gun shots and waiting to languish until it got to be euthanized.
Annoyed October 19, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Wasn't the real reason the dog attacked because the man and woman were in a domestic situation and the man hit the owner and the dog? funny how that was not in the paper just about the dog attack which now makes the pit bull look even worse. The dog was PROTECTING! I have two pit bulls and they are the sweetest dog ever!
Annoyed October 19, 2011 at 02:12 PM
your right! The paper puts only what it wants to let readers know
Stefani Kim October 19, 2011 at 04:19 PM
The only information the Village of Mamaroneck police would confirm is that a DIR report was filed as per an investigation into a domestic incident. No further details concerning the actual narrative of events leading up to that event were released.
Clay Hund October 19, 2011 at 08:21 PM
BG7, You have no idea what you are talking about. I suggest you go speak with a veterinarian in your area to get the crap out of your head. You have been brainwashed by the media and biased information. Pit bulls are great dogs, and anyone that thinks less, is obviously ignorant and uneducated. Usually it is people that live around crime that relate pit bulls as a bad dog. It is a shame that people like relate a breed of dog with criminals and "machismo." I live in a very desirable area, have a white collar career, well educated, US veteran, community and church volunteer, and I own a pit bull. I own a pit bull, because no other breed can match their loyalty. Not even close. Plus they are loads of fun, because they have a lot of energy, and I enjoy working with dogs. For the person that never takes a dog for walks, never socializes it, and wants a dog for status, just as many golden retriever owners do, those people shouldn't have dogs. A dog is a product of wnvironment, and the nurture is much stronger than nature. As far a vicious breeding goes, that is rare, and those aren't your typical neighborhood pit bulls. Those dogs go for big bucks, and much more expensive than top show dogs. Fighting dogs make people money, and you will rarely come across a pit bull that is bred for fighting, unless you know someone in that illegal industry.
Animal Lover October 19, 2011 at 10:33 PM
The owner of the dog was being attacked by said "man." The dog did what all dogs do, especially when they have a good and loving owner, Protected it's owner from being harmed. To blame the dog and owner, is ludicrous. I've seen Chihuahuas attack, to protect their owner! Wouldn't you protect someone if you saw them being harmed? It's so easy to criticize, especially when you were not there. Perhaps people should get the facts first, not just what's in print or hearsay! My sympathies to the owner.
Vicky October 20, 2011 at 12:47 AM
I don't believe in dogs mauling people. But if this man was beating the woman, then it appears that the wrong animal was shot. And from what I hear, the dog was protecting his owner. Poor dog
4thePits October 20, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Would really LOVE to hear the REST OF THE STORY... However, I am fairly positive that I will not. WHY, you ask? It is because the JUICY, EYE CATCHING, BREED-BASHING headline has already served its purpose which IS NOT (I'm sad to say) to tell the truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth. Instead the "purpose" here is what way too many news "reporters" do so easily...they latch on to the highly sensationalized & completely overated media frenzy of pitbull bashing. In doing THIS, the author ensures that the story will get considerably more "hits" than if the headline just happened to read "Local woman fends off would be attacker with her loyal companion dog." Wouldn't you agree? And please know this-I DO NOT THINK ITS OK to have a dog (regardless of the breed) which is trained to, or will attack someone or something unprovoked. All I am saying is that it is VERY CLEAR to me that there are more FACTS involved here that have NOT been released or reported, and these FACTS may possibly lead to a more understandable truth about why it is that this dog acted the way it did. And please Remember...the police investigation of this "incident" resulted in a DOMESTIC DISPUTE REPORT. I'm sure I don't need to tell you but the very definition of domestic dispute is: Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another.


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