Three people, including 6-year-old, injured in pit bull attack - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Three people, including 6-year-old, injured in pit bull attack

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Eyewitnesses say this dog attacked three people, including a 6-year-old boy, on Thursday. (WFSB) Eyewitnesses say this dog attacked three people, including a 6-year-old boy, on Thursday. (WFSB)
Police said the attack was reported on Thursday afternoon in the area of Golden Street. (WFSB) Police said the attack was reported on Thursday afternoon in the area of Golden Street. (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Norwich police are investigating after three people, including a 6-year-old boy, were bitten by a roaming pit bull on Thursday.

Police said the attack was reported on Thursday afternoon in the area of Golden Street.

Officers found three people with bite wounds, one having a severe injury to the ear.

The victims were taken to Backus Hospital for treatment.

John Harris was injured while he wrestled the dog off an innocent woman.

"The worst is the bite I got from pulling the dog's mouth off of her. There was a lady on the ground, attacking her, trying to strangle her...so I ran over and tried to grab the pit bull away from her and put him down on the ground," Harris said.

Eyewitnesses said the dog came to a Page Street yard, from neighboring Golden Street and attacked a woman as well as a 6-year-old boy.

"He was attacked first. The daughter ran into the house and told the mother, I guess. The mother came out and that's when she got attacked," Harris said.

The pit bull was located at the owner’s home and was taken by an animal control officer for quarantine.

Neighbors said this is a dog they are familiar with, and Schadrac Gabriel has the scars to prove it.

"My finger was inside its mouth and it started grabbing it and stuff," Gabriel said.

The owner of the dog, identified as 50-year-old Regina Barnhill, was cited for several violations, including failure to vaccinate, failure to license, allowing dog to roam, nuisance/vicious disposition, and violation of chain/tethering regulations.

Police said the dog is being held at Norwich Animal Shelter and additional charges may be made. They did not comment on the condition of the victims.

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