Pit Bull Mix Attacks 76-Year-Old Woman in Her F-Section Backyard and Tries to Drag Her Away
FlaglerLive | October 17, 2014
It’s another dog bite, another person hospitalized as a result, and another pit bull mix doing the biting.
Thursday afternoon, 76-year-old Sun Yong Yi, a resident of Forrest Hill Drive in Palm Coast, was hospitalized with two puncture wounds on her left arm and bruising on her left hand. She had been in her own garden in her back yard when the dog, a big, brown pit bull terrier mix that belongs to neighbors a house over, lunged at her and wouldn’t let go until another neighbor came to her aid.
When a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the scene, “Yi was sitting on the ground in front of the garage, with blood stream down her left arm,” according to the deputy’s incident report. The 76 year old does not speak English. Her daughter translated.
Robert Detherow, the 46-year-old neighbor who came to Yi’s aid, told police that he was in his home when, just after 1 p.m., he heard a woman’s screams. He “went outside, and saw Yi being attacked by the large brown dog, which lives at 55 Forest Hill Drive.” The dog was “trying to drag Yi” to its own yard. Detherow started yelling at the dog, which eventually released Yi and ran off.
“While we were waiting for animal control to arrive on scene, a big brown and white dog came out to the front of 55 Forest Hill Drive and started barking,” the investigating deputy reported. Detherow identified the dog as the one that had bitten the older woman. Soon, Animal Control Officer William Doonan arrived on scene, only for the dog to start acting aggressively toward Doonan. After some barking, the dog retreated to rear of the house to the enclosed pool area.
The animal control officer and the deputy walked the left side of the house, where they saw that the screen to both doors were not intact: that’s how the dog was running out.
“There was feces all over the pool deck. The pool itself was green,” the deputy reported. “Just off the pool deck, the slider to covered lanai was open. While on the left side of the house, the brown dog charged at us, barking, and acting very aggressively. Eventually, the dog retreated into the cover lanai area.”
Doonan placed a wheel barrel by the broken screen area to attempt and contain the dog. He then went to the right side of the house to see if something could be placed over the screen opening. “When we got to the right side, the dog charged at us, barking and acting very aggressive.” A lawn chair was placed in front of the broken screen to contain the dog.
Earlier, when the deputy had knocked at the door of the house, no one had answered–other than a dog barking. The sheriff’s dispatch center was able to locate one of the residents of the house, Chantel Umbese, 27, who responded to the house and secured the dog. She said the dog, whom she identified as a 9-year-old pit bull terrier mix called Milo, belongs to her husband, Ufuoma UUmbese, 30.
Animal Control took the dog to be quarantined.
The attack was only the latest in a series of attacks, several of them injurious, many of them involving pit bulls, in the city and the county at large. Earlier this month a deputy had to Taser a pit bull that was in the act of biting its third victim in the same household, on Princess Luise Lane in Palm Coast. The dog was later euthanized. The day before, a a Rottweiler or possibly a Rottweiler mix attacked and injured a Sheriff’s commander as the commander was jogging along Matanzas Woods Parkway. Days before that, a B-Section resident was attacked by a pit bull as she was in her own backyard. The resident responded by firing a gunshot at the dog, which turned tail. A pit bull attacked a 1-year-old girl in June in the Mondex, and in the most vicious attack of the year, a pit bull mix in March twice attacked two young children who were waiting for their mother in a van, parked at Second Chance Rescue in Bunnell, severely injuring the children.