Pit bulls quarantined as husky recovers

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A 10-year-old Siberian husky is recovering tonight after being attacked by two pit bulls in the area of Baker Avenue Extension in Groton.

Ron Gannon was working nearby when he heard a woman and child screaming up the road. Two pit bulls were attacking Maya the Siberian husky, their jaws clamped on her throat.

“I feel bad about the kid who saw it,” Gannon said. “Must have been a 12, 13 year old boy.”

Gannon punched the dogs and used his hammer to try to get them to let go. “The hammer didn’t even work,” he said, “it was vicious.”

Police tasered the two pit bulls. They along with Maya and another husky were living in a Groton City house. No one was home when the attack happened.

“They weren’t stopping,” Gannon said. “If the officers didn’t show up, there’s no way that dog would have lived.”

We showed Leslie Pignone what happened to Maya. The Mystic resident says pit bulls are not bad dogs. “I think what happens is because of the way they are built physiologically when they bite they bite hard and they hang on.”

The Groton Animal Foundation is paying Maya’s medical bills, which are a quarter of its yearly budget. Gannon visits Maya every day at the Groton animal shelter where the pit bulls are kept in a separate section.

“It’ still heartbreaking,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking seeing the pit bulls.”

The two pit bulls remain under quarantine at the animal shelter while the investigation continues.

If you’d like to help pay for Maya’s medical bills, visit the Groton Animal Foundation‘s website here.

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