Coventry police seize dog accused of attacking woman while out walking with baby
COVENTRY, R.I. (WJAR) —
Coventry police seized a large dog and put it in quarantine after it attacked a woman who was out for a walk with a baby.
A Brazilian Mastiff bit Brenda Cornell on Hollywood Avenue in Coventry Wednesday afternoon.
“The next thing I knew, he was running after me toward the baby’s carriage. So, I just threw myself on the carriage, let the dog bite me, push the baby away,” said Cornell, who was babysitting her best friend’s six-month-old grandson.
With seconds to act, Cornell had one thing on her mind: get the carriage away from the dog’s sight.
“It was very traumatic,” Cornell said. “I mean I’ve never been through anything like that and the vision’s still there. It could’ve been a lot worse.”
She was bit on her backside and went to the emergency room for treatment. Cornell said a 12-year-old girl, who was walking in the neighborhood, was also bit by the dog the same day.
NBC 10 New stopped by the owner’s home on Hollywood Avenue, but no one answered. Piles of trash were scattered all over the front yard.
The baby’s grandmother, Laurie Brandt, said she can’t put into words how grateful she is for her best friend.
“Thank God that she made the decisions that she made that time and saved the baby’s life,” Brandt said.
Both women told NBC 10 they want the 74-year-old dog owner to face charges and want the dog declared vicious.
“I think this brings attention to an area that is not really discussed is what happens with elderly folk with an animal that they can no longer control,” Brandt said.
“I don’t think the dog should be in the neighborhood,” she said.
Coventry police are investigating if charges will be filed against the dog owner, as well as if there will be a vicious dog hearing.