Pit Bull Attack Puts Anchorage Woman in the Hospital
Man charged after domestic dispute
An Anchorage women ended up in the hospital Wednesday after being attacked by her boyfriend's blue nose pit bull.
According to the victim, the dog attacked after a domestic dispute turned violent – she told police her boyfriend, 37-year old Daemion Pattilo, had strangled her during the argument and used the dog as a weapon.
“It is a rather unusual case,” said Anchorage Police Department Lt. Dave Parker. “Usually we hear of people threatening to sic their dog on someone, but very seldom do we actually see that happening and in this case the woman was injured seriously enough to warrant treatment at the hospital.”
The police arrived at the hospital to find the woman with dog bites and scratches over her arms and legs, as well as multiple puncture wounds.
Pattilo is charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree misconduct including a controlled substance – cocaine.
His third charge came after police arrived at his residence, on Latouche Street, where he provided them with a false name and birthday – causing him to be charged for providing false information.
Despite the false information, the police were able to identify him using a description from the witness.
It’s events like this one that gives the pit bull breed a bad name, according to Animal Control Staff.
Animal Control employee Brooke Taylor said pit bulls are not the monsters they are made out to be.
The Anchorage Animal Control, who currently has two pit bulls up for adoption, says before the dogs can go home with a family they get temperament test – to insure the animals are a good fit for the home.
According to Taylor, cases like this one shouldn’t be used to solely judge the breed and are a rare occurrence.
“We would never recommend someone train an animal to be aggressive and use it against another person," said Taylor. “It's unfortunate and the animal doesn't understand the situation, they're just following what the owner is telling them to do or their instincts.”
According to Animal Control staff, the top three breeds for dog bites, in the Anchorage are – in no particular order – husky mixes, Lab mixes, and pit bull mixes.
Patillo, who was out on bail for other drug charges, will be arraigned March 1, and has a $6,000 bail set.