Saturday morning in Grapevine Channel 8 news reporter Janet St. James was out walking her border collie, Emmy, when they were attacked by a violent neighborhood dog.
The unrestrained pit bull, Jettie, was running down the street and came charging towards St. James and Emmy. St. James screamed, but the dog paused only briefly before attacking.
St. James described the incident to WFAA saying – “It got my dog in a classic choke hold. My dog was screaming and I was screaming for anyone to come help us.” A neighbor came to St. James’ rescue and whacked the pit bull with a tire iron, but not before she was bitten and Emmy was seriously hurt.
The pit bull has been involved in at least one other animal attack in January, but this time Animal Control was successful in apprehending Jettie. The dog has now been classified as “dangerous” by the city. It’s possible that Jettie’s owner will appeal the city’s decision.
If the owner is able to regain custody of the animal, there will still be legal consequences. The owner will have to build a new kennel with extensive restrictions, make the dog wear a muzzle and take out a $100,000 insurance policy.