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Owner of two dogs in New Haven attack faces drug charge

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A woman was seriously injured after being attacked by two pit bulls outside a home on Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Haven. (WFSB) A woman was seriously injured after being attacked by two pit bulls outside a home on Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Haven. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

As a woman continues to battle for her life after a vicious dog attack in New Haven, the city is taking steps to ensure something like this never happens again.

The woman lost her leg and her eyesight, and has severe injuries to her face, all stemming from what appears to be an unprovoked attack by two pit bulls on Monday night. City officials identified the woman as Jocelyn Winfrey.

Neighbor Donald Montano said he saw the gruesome aftermath of the attack that happened at the home on Ella Grasso Boulevard.

Until medical officials got to the scene, neighbors were seen throwing rocks and doing anything they could to pry the two dogs off the victim.

“She was messed up really bad, you could see the bone through her leg and she was just not well off,” Montano said.

Neighbors said a fence around the home, locked with a numerical keypad, was recently installed.

The city confirmed that the two pit bulls were properly registered, vaccinated and never had any prior complaints.

The dogs are at a New Haven animal shelter where they will be quarantined for at least two weeks.

Their fate beyond that lies partly in the hands of the police investigation.

The owner of the dogs, Hamilton Hicks, was given a summons for possession of crack on the day of the attack.

“Unfortunately, I think the dog needs to be put down. Who's to say it might not happen again,” said Pastor John Lewis.

The city said in light of what happened, when they now get a call about an animal attack, they intend to send EMS, fire crews and police straight to the scene.

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