Owner ticketed after dog attack

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Updated: 3/21/2013 8:59 am Published: 3/20/2013 8:04 pm

Two women who were mauled by a dog in north Tulsa on Tuesday remain in the hospital. One is reportedly in serious condition.

Investigators say the dog’s owner is not to blame.

The attack happened near E. Pine and N. on Tuesday around 10:00am. Police say the women were conducting door-to-door ministry when they approached a home that had a sign posted “beware of dog.”

The women, 78-year-old Irene Parker and 43-year-old Beverly Wright, were bitten on the face, head, arms and legs.

The manager of Tulsa Animal Welfare tells FOX23 News the owner of the dog was not at fault for the attack that happened in her fenced-in neighborhood. 

Instead, the manager of animal welfare says the owner will be ticketed for not having her dog licensed or neutered. 

“I always knew the dog was feisty and she told us before to be careful when we came in because she didn't know what he would really do,” said neighbor William Snider. 

It’s unclear if the women who were attacked saw the “beware of dog” sign in the window. The director of Animal Welfare says a warning sign is not enough to offer a dog legal protection. However, people have a responsibility to be cautious when they enter someone else’s property. 

"Just because they don't see a dog, dog droppings, dishes, doesn't mean that an animal is not present and then if you enter someone’s property very much at their own risk,” said Tulsa Animal Welfare manager Jean Letcher. 

She says the pit bull in this case wasn’t at large, meaning, it wasn’t a known danger. Additionally, it wasn’t roaming the neighborhood when it attacked. 

"The owner has a level of protection because the animal was confined,” said Letcher.

The dog was reported to be inside the home, when one of the women knocked on the door.  It rushed out into the yard to confront what it saw as a threat.

"We wouldn't wish this on anybody. We want to make sure those things don't happen. But we had no history on this animal and we understand that there has never been a problem with this animal before. But accidents do happen,” said Letcher.

A neighbor of the dog’s owner says William Snider, says accident or not, he’s responsible for the action of his dog Mac. He believes others should be held to the same standard.

"I think it's the owner's responsibility,” said Snider.

A man working in the neighborhood shot the attacking dog to death. He says with permission of the dog’s owner he shot one time and killed the dog to save the women who are hospitalized with several bite wounds. 

Letcher says they came by the home of dog’s owner to ticket the woman and check if the dog was current on its vaccinations.

FOX23 News also spoke to Jehovah’s Witness members who says they work in groups of two, avoid homes with “no trespassing, keep out and beware of dog” signs. They also keep track of homes to avoid and share with other members.  

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Amazed - 3/21/2013 8:23 AM
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Interesting that an a animal control person is making this statement. 1) animal under control...until the owner Opened the door, then old not control her pet. 2) no prior report... She had warned her neighbors to be careful as she didn't know what it would do. Just because they hadn't called animal control does not mean there was not a known and immediate danger. 3) accident. Hardly. This dog was a loaded gun waiting to be fired.

Mayor Maynot - 3/21/2013 5:46 AM
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That's amazing. The freaking police claim that they are not signed on to protect or serve. But when protection comes from another source . They get all jealous and give you a ticket for replacing them. They don't care about the homeowner or resident. All they want to do is write tickets

Mayor Maynot - 3/21/2013 5:38 AM
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Neuter the Mayor !! Spay the women that operate animal control. Mutilation of pets ?? Is that really humane ? It changes their metabolism. Makes em blow up like a blimp. Renders their value as a home guardian useless. They become biscuit burners.

Unwashed Mass - 3/20/2013 9:07 PM
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The dog's owner will have their hands full paying the victim's hospital bills, without having to pay petty tickets for "harboring an un-neutered dog." Someone at Animal Control should be fired.
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