LINCOLN – A Manville man’s pit bull was listed as having killed one small dog owned by a local woman and severely injured another during an attack on the two pets at the Enrico Caruso Club parking lot Thursday.
Patrolman Russell J. Enos went to the Club at 8:12 a.m. after receiving a report of two dogs fighting and found a large light brown and white male pit bull restrained on a leash by a resident of the area. The resident, Ronald Fealhaber of Railroad St. was reported to have heard a commotion at the park lot while doing yard work and went over to find the pit bull later identified as Tank holding the small dogs in his jaws, according to Enos.
Fealhaber was reported to have jumped on the pit bull and administered strikes to the dog’s face in his attempt to free the small dogs.
After a short time, Fealhaber was able to free the pets but one appeared to have died and the other was severely injured, Enos reported.
Fealhaber was able to calm the pit bull and get a leash on the dog. The pit bull was not wearing a collar or dog tags, Enos said. The pit bull was placed in a police cruiser and then transported to the town’s Animal Control Shelter to be held as an investigation of the incident continued.
The owner of the small dogs, Luz Molina of Railroad St. took her pets home to transport them to an animal hospital. One of the dogs, a Yorkshire terrier, was later reported to have died and the other, a Bichon-poodle mix, to be in critical condition at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich.
The owner later told Enos she had been walking her leashed dogs through the parking lot when the large pit bull coming from the Bouvier Avenue area began to attack her dogs. Molina said she had done all that she could to protect her dogs but that the pit bull was too powerful for her to overcome, Enos reported. The pit bull initially attacked Tyson and then released him to attack Poochie. Molina suffered bite marks to her hands and fingers while trying to free her pets during the attack. The pet owner told police she was going to Kent County Hospital to be treated for her injuries.
The pit bull was subsequently found to have run off from a backyard cage at 104 Bouvier Avenue. The dog’s owner Simon Moussa of that address said the dog had been placed in the cage Thursday morning and somehow must have gotten loose. The owner was directed to contact the Lincoln Animal Control Officer. The owner indicated the pit bull was up to date on all of his vaccinations, Enos said.