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Saturday
Jan122013

911 Calls Recorded Vicious Pitbull Attack

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- The 911 calls that frantic witnesses made as they watched a group of pitbulls attack a South Carolina woman have been released by police.

The calls began coming into the Spartanburg, S.C., police department  in the early morning hours of Wednesday as three pitbulls began attacking Dreama Rice in the middle of a street there, waking neighbors.

“There are three dogs attacking this lady in the middle of the street. Oh, God. Ugh. Oh, my God,” one caller could be heard saying. “These dogs are ripping the poor woman apart.”

Police officers who arrived shortly after 2 a.m. pulled the dogs off of the woman and, when one dog turned toward an officer, shot one of the animals, according to ABC News affiliate WLOS.

“She ran in the street, they’re just biting on her,” one caller said.

Then, speaking to her child, the caller added, “I couldn’t do nothing, baby. She is just yelling and screaming.”

“They are shooting at the dogs. They have ripped this woman’s face off almost,” one caller said.

The other two dogs were seized and quarantined, and their owner, Ray Williams, faces charges. He told WLOS he kept the dogs in a fenced-in area but that they must have escaped.

Rice was hospitalized, though the extent of her injuries was not immediately clear.

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Wednesday
May092012

Dog Rescues Unconscious Owner from Oncoming Train

Courtesy Angell Animal Medical Center(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts pit bull named Lilly took on a freight train last week to save her owner, who collapsed unconscious onto the tracks during a late-night walk in Shirley. The 8-year-old dog used her teeth to pull Christine Spain, 54, off the tracks as the train approached. While Spain emerged unscathed, Lilly lost a leg.

The train's engineer, who didn't want to give his name, said he spotted the woman and her dog on the tracks just after midnight on May 3, according to the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He said he tried to stop the train in time, but feared he'd hit them both. When he got out, he found that Spain was unharmed, but the train's wheels had sliced through Lilly's front right leg, which was bleeding heavily.

An animal control officer rushed Lilly to an emergency animal hospital in nearby Acton, where Spain's son, Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, met them in the parking lot. Lanteigne said he had a feeling of dread as he got out of his car, but Lilly let him know she was OK.

"The first thing I see is just those big, beautiful eyes just looking at me, and next to her, I saw her right front paw was severely damaged," he told ABC News. "I saw her tail wagging the first time right there."

Lanteigne said he rescued Lilly three years ago, thinking she'd make a good therapy dog for Spain, who had battled alcoholism, depression and anxiety for many years. He said Spain doted on the dog, and often defrosted packets of green beans to cut them up and put them in Lilly's food. Eventually, he said, Spain's drinking decreased.

"We saved Lilly, and Lilly saved my mom's life," he said. "My hope is that this story is going to get out and show what pit bulls are truly about. I hope by Lilly going through this, it's going to get other dogs homes."

Lilly underwent two surgeries last weekend at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Steel plates were implanted to repair her fractured pelvis and support her left leg. She now has a long scar where her right front leg was amputated. Angell spokesman Rob Halpin said Lilly's doctors expect she'll be able to walk again, but adjusting to three legs will be hard for the senior dog.

Spain, who Lanteigne said relapsed before her collapse last week upon hearing some bad news, was arrested on the scene and arraigned the following day in Ayer District Court on charges of obstruction and danger on a railroad track, walking on a railroad track and animal cruelty, Shirely Police Executive Secretary Ann Whiting told ABC News. Spain was not arrested on any alcohol-related charges, but she was placed in protective custody because of intoxication, said Whiting.

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