Pit bulls attack walkers in Galveston

Published On: Jun 22 2012 06:25:49 AM CDT
GALVESTON, Texas -

Galveston residents are worried about a pack of pit bulls that have been running the streets and attacking dogs and their owners.

"We heard the woman screaming, and we saw the pit bulls attacking her and her dog," said Pam Rice, a witness to one of the attacks.

Sofia Morffe, 28, and her 400-pound miniature Husky were attacked behind condos near the 900 block of Marine Street.

Just minutes before, Vicki Lowe, 60, and her Corgi-mix were attacked by the same four pit bulls.

Thanks to fast-acting bystanders who helped fight off the pit bulls, both owners and their dogs were able to escape.

"Animal control and the Galveston Police Department responded and they were able to pick up the dogs without incident," said Lt. Joel Caldwell.

All four pit bulls were taken to the Galveston Island Humane Society, where they have been quarantined.

This is the third attack within the last month in Galveston, officials said.

Some dog owners said they are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect themselves and their dogs.

"I'm not a believer in guns, but I think I will from now on carry a stick with me or a cane, something to defend the dogs and myself," said Rice.

The two dog owners who were attacked suffered bite wounds and their dogs are OK.

Caldwell said if the pit bull's owners do come forward, they will face charges.

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