Police shoot pit bulls after Holland Twp. woman attacked

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police shot two dogs, killing one, after they attacked a woman around 9 a.m. Friday at a home in the 2300 block of Brickyard Lane.

Police say the 61-year-old woman and her small dog were in a fenced backyard when two larger dogs rushed in. The woman tried to protect her pet and the dogs began attacking her.

Officers describe the aggressive dogs as a "pit bull variety."

During the attack, neighbor Joe Winters tried to intervene but the dogs continued to be aggressive.

"I grabbed one pit bull, the biggest one, and I got him in a headlock and I'm beating him in the face and I'm trying to crawl over and get the garden hose," Winters said. "Had it right in his mouth, the water hose, and it didn't phase him, he just come back loose."

A Zeeland police officer was called to the scene and fired a shot, hitting one of the dogs. Both dogs ran off, but one returned and charged an Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy. That dog was shot and killed; the injured dog was captured by animal control officers.

The woman was taken to the hospital with bites on her arms and hands. The woman's dog was also suffered a broken leg, bruised lung, and several bite punctures, but is expected to survive.

The dogs' owner told deputies the pit bulls got out of his yard through a fence. He was ticketed for not having the dogs licensed and may face a misdemeanor charge of having a dog at large.


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