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UPDATE: Woman in pit bull attack feared for her life

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – The woman bitten by a pit bull near downtown Wausau as she walked her dog says the pit bull grabbed her arm and pulled her down to the ground and during the attack she feared for her life.

I thought the damn dog was going to kill me,” Cindy Ryder said Friday. “I grabbed the collar but it was too late. My dog was already dying.”

The incident took place about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Washington Street as Ryder, 56, walked her six-year-old Chihuahua, Bartok, on a leash, police said.

The female pit bull came running out of a home and went after the smaller dog, police said. The cream-colored Chihuahua was killed in the attack.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel said Ryder suffered numerous abrasions, bites, punctures and cuts as she tried to rescue the smaller dog and ended up on the ground with the pit bull.

It was a pretty vicious attack. One of the worst I have seen,” Hardel said. “There were two witnesses to the attack who said it was a vicious, terrible, terrible attack.”

Hardel said the father of the pit bull's owner heard the commotion and rushed to pull the dog off Ryder and took it inside a home.

Police have no records of any other incidents involving the pit bull, Hardel said.

The dog is being quarantined at the Marathon County Humane Society for 10 days, Hardel said. If the 32-year-old owner doesn't euthanize the dog, she will have to remove it from the city as a vicious animal, the police chief said.

The owner of the dog tells Newsline 9 her pet is not mean but does not like other dogs.

The woman got city citations for letting a dog run loose, failure to obtain a license and failure to obtain rabies vaccination, Hardel said.

Ryder said she was on her way to a friend's house to show off some new outfits she had for Bartok.

He was wearing a new collar too,” she said. “We were just walking along the sidewalk and all of a sudden that dog bolted out. The only thing that is going to help anybody is when they get rid of those dogs.”

Ryder said she has four stitches in one ear, “punctures all the way up my arm” and is in shock about the incident.

I am just upset about my dog,” she said," fighting back tears during a telephone interview. “That's all I had. For six years, we were very close.”

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Police say the owner of a pit bull that killed a small dog and bit its owner in the arm and ear has received three tickets in the incident. 

The 32-year-old woman got city citations for letting a dog run loose, failure to obtain a license and failure to obtain rabies vaccination, according to a police report issued Friday. The case was also referred to the city attorney for a possible violation of the city's vicious dog/animal law.

The attack took place Thursday afternoon in the 900 block of Washington Street as a 56-year-old woman walked her smaller dog on a leash, police said.


The pit bull is being quarantined at the Marathon County Humane Society.

The owner of the pit bull tells Newsline 9 her dog is not mean but does not like other dogs.






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WAUSAU (WAOW) – Wausau police say a small dog was killed and its owner injured and taken to a hospital after being attacked by a pit bull near downtown Wausau Thursday.

The incident took place about 4:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Washington Street as a 56-year-old woman walked her smaller dog on a leash, Lt. Mike Felder said.

The pit bull ran out of a house and went after the smaller dog, biting it and killing it, Felder said.

When the owner picked up her dog, the attack continued and she was bitten in the left arm and ear, Felder said.

It was obvious the suspect dog wanted the victim dog and the person got in the way,” he said.

The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, Felder said.

The pit bull is being quarantined at the Marathon County Humane Society, he said.

The owner of the pit bull tells Newsline 9 her dog is not mean but does not like other dogs.









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