Woman, Child Injured In Pit Bull Attack At Washington Co. Shelter

CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A woman and a young child are recovering after being attacked by a dog in Washington County Sunday night.

The incident happened at the Angel Ridge Animal Rescue in Chartiers Township.

There was no activity at the shelter on Monday; hours after investigators say a pit bull attacked a woman and her 4-year-old daughter.

“I stepped outside and hollered for the lady to see if she as all right and she didn’t answer, so I screamed again and that’s when I saw the dog just flop her,” said Justin Killion, who rescued the victims.

Killion lives on the same property, but has no affiliation with the rescue site. He told KDKA-TV that his daughter called him for help because she believed the female victim was in trouble.

“When I got there, I beat the dog off of her, and I took my belt off, tried to get tourniquets,” said Killion. “Both arms were just… the bone was sticking out, and the other arm was just mangled.”

Killion describes the dog as relentless and vicious. He says the scene was so bloody, he couldn’t hold on to the dog to try and make him stop, so he hit the animal and tried to grab him around the neck.

The victim’s two children had run away by then, one with a bite wound to the head. But Killion says it was their mother he was most concerned about.

“The dog was relentless after her. I never got bit,” Killion said. “He wasn’t going to stop; he was fixing to kill her.”

The woman was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

A person associated with the facility tells KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland that the executive director of the facility is still gathering the facts about the situation and will release a statement soon.

The dog has since been euthanized.

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One Comment

  1. Another “wouldn’t hurt a soul” pitbull. At least someone had the smarts to put it down.

  2. David Colton says:

    There are at least 7 states drafting legislation to outlaw ownership of Pit Bulls. I spent my career as a street Deputy in Florida. This breed needs to be eradicated-Period! Yes German Shepherds, Dobermans, Bull Mastiffs,Chows, etc are trained to be aggressive-on command. Pit Bulls “go off” on people, on their own, and with no visible cause for the aggression. I personally had to shoot two over the years, to keep from being bitten. The courts sided with me. Yes both owners tried to say I should have used “other means” to bring the dog under control. Sorry, that was the owners responsibility BEFORE the dog came at me with bared teeth. This breed is a menace. In particular-to children.I personally hope they eradicate the breed.

  3. Nicole Marie says:

    just think…they were gonna adopt that dog out to some unsuspecting person. shelters really need to do a better job at screening these dogs and putting ones down show any signs of aggression

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