Police ID victims in pit bull attack; cite owner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Police Dept. identified the three people who were attacked by a pair of pit bulls over the weekend and issued citations against the dogs' owner, according to a Knoxville Police Dept. spokesperson. All three victims were treated and released from Ft. Sanders Medical Center.

The two pit bulls are under quarantine at Young Williams Animal Shelter after Saturday's attack.

According to the Knoxville Police Dept., two pit bulls escaped an enclosure on Baxter Avenue, raced toward James Hill, who was walking his dog at the time, and attacked his dog. Hill managed to drive one of the pit bulls off and, with the help of neighbors, he captured the other one.

The pit bulls attacked the other dog, but the man was able to drive one pit bull away. He sustained several bites to his hand in an attempt to separate the two dogs.

"You never know what a dog can do until you see it really happen," said Micheal Miller.

When Miller returned home from the store, he stopped in shock when he saw that his mother, Selena Jones, was being attacked by a vicious pit bull. Police say she was the second person the dogs went after.

"The two pit bulls actually jumped her back gate going after her dogs,” said Miller.

"We had him tied up and he chewed through another cord, and next thing I knew he knocked into my fence and knocked it open, the brown one attacked my dog," said Ollie Messer.

Messer tried to help Miller’s mom, but ended up getting bitten himself.

"I got five stitches in my wrist, it hit a blood vein. Then little nicks all over my hands and everything," said Messer.

Kaytee Edwards watched from the front porch as the dogs were finally captured.

"I was scared, I had to stand outside holding a gun to make sure I wasn't going to get eaten,” said Edwards.

Eventually, Animal Control officers were able to secure both pit bulls and take them to Young Williams Animal Shelter.

The owner of the pit bulls, Tasha Wallace, voluntarily surrendered the animals to Animal Control Officers. She was cited for two counts of Animal At-Large and two counts of Rabies and City Tags.

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