Woman, dog attacked by pit bull while walking around metro Detroit park

Posted at 10:52 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 22:52:01-05

A Livonia woman says she and her dog were viciously attacked by a pit bull while walking around Hines Park Sunday.

Now, she fears it may happen again and to someone else.

Janet Reid is still in shock. She says keeps replaying the moment over and over in her head. 

"She’s traumatized, I’m traumatized," said Reid. 

It happened around 4 o’clock Sunday, when the pit bull approached her one-and-a-half-year-old Welsh Terrier.

"I thought it was going to sniff like dogs usually do. This one lunged and grabbed onto her and was aggressive," said Reid. "It had her pinned down, it was on her stomach, it was on her back."

Janet even got bitten herself, while trying to separate the two dogs.

"My hands got bitten, I’ve got six holes on my hands from the dog. I didn't realize until this morning that I have marks on my leg, four punctures where this pit bull's mouth was on my leg," said Reid.

According to the Livonia Animal Control website, dogs don’t necessarily have to be on a leash, unless they are in a city park.  

Ordinance 6.04.270 states dogs must be under a reasonable control, meaning your dog can be controlled by a voice command. If your dog does not listen and does not respond to voice command, there is no reasonable control.

"To hear crying like a child, it was horrendous," said Reid.

For now, all this championship breed Welsh Terrier can do is hope her wounds heal fast and that she’s back to her old cheerful self again.

"She is feisty, this dog is not afraid of anything. I’m afraid it may be different now," said Reid. 

Reid filed a police report with Livonia PD. She says she’s a dog lover of all sorts, but after this recent attack, she’s thinking twice.