Hamden woman seriously injured in dog attack - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hamden woman seriously injured in dog attack

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A 47-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after two dogs tried to attack her 6-year-old granddaughter in Hamden Wednesday night.

"They could have killed her," said witness Ranaisha Cranford.

Around 6 p.m., Cynthia Reed was in her second-floor apartment on 440 Shelton Ave. when she heard the screams of her granddaughter and rushed outside. Two rottweilers escaped from their home on Edwards Street and were attacking the 6-year-old girl, police said.

Neighbor Monique Jones saw the dog attack and grabbed the girl without either of them getting hurt, police said. Jones ran into her house with the girl.

"They tried to climb on her and bite her," Cranford said.

When Reed got outside, she was attacked by the dogs, police said. As she was being dragged and bitten by the rottweilers, Kenneth Lewis and Curtis Watkins came outside with baseball bats. The two men hit the dogs repeatedly with the bats until they released Reed.

"It should be noted the numerous residents played a heroic role in coming to the aid of Cynthia Reed," said police Capt. Ronald Smith in a release Friday.

Reed suffered wounds to the head and back and was taken to the Hospital of Saint Raphael with serious injuries, police said.

"They bit her here, on her head, and on her back," Cranford said. "And she got bitten really bad."

The owner of the rottweilers, Kim Miller, told police that dogs pushed open the gate at her house while she was trying to take out the garbage.

"The dogs allegedly hit a latch on a gate and escaped," Smith said.

One dog was taken to New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital and the other was impounded at the North Haven Animal Shelter.

Hamden Animal Control is investigating the incident. Charges are expected to be filled against Miller after the attack.

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