Police: Woman attacked by pit bull
ST. PETERSBURG – A 54-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was attacked by a pit bull Wendesday morning, police say.
Officers and Fire Rescue personnel were called to a home in the 3700 block of 1st Avenue North around 10:30 a.m. for a reported dog attack. They found Arkies Thomas with a massive bite wound to the lower part of her face and transported her to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert.
Thomas also suffered bites to her right arm and right ankle, police say. She was visiting the home at the time of the attack and is a relative of Edra Morgan, 30, the woman who lives there.
According to police, the dog, which is a year old, was chained in the backyard when Thomas arrived at the house. She and Morgan were walking along the side of the house to avoid the dog when the dog broke its chain, came around the side of the house, and lunged at Thomas.
Morgan tried to pull the dog away and then hit it in the head with a brick, police say. Another man was able to come and help get the dog away, tying the animal to a nearby shed while the two women ran inside the home.
Officers say 32-year-old Joseph Bethune, Jr., who also lives at the house, arrived and signed over custody of the dog to Animal Control.
Narcotics detectives went to the same home back in April to serve a search warrant, police say, and a different pit bull terrier attacked an undercover detective at that time. The dog was shot and killed by officers.
Three different people were arrested during that incident on narcotics charges, and police do not know what, if any, relation they are to the current residents of the home.
Animal Control officers are investigating Wednesday’s incident.