New Haven woman dies after being attacked by two dogs

Jocelyn WInfrey

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A 53-year-old New Haven woman has died after being attacked by two dogs outside of a home on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard last week, according to a city official.

Jocelyn Winfrey succumbed to her injuries after being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The incident happened while Winfrey was visiting Hamilton Hicks, the owner of the dogs. Both were attacked as soon as they walked onto the property, according to witnesses.

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Police said a neighbor heard the commotion and tried to help by grabbing a broom. The neighbor told police that kids were also throwing rocks at the dogs to try to get them to stop biting the woman.

“I seen two dogs just biting on people,” said Trayzon Sherman, who ran to help. He said he started throwing rocks, a trash can, and yelled at the dogs.

“Chunks of her skin were missing and everything,” said Peter Pervis.

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Hicks sustained multiple dog bite injuries to his body. He was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The dogs were originally described as pit bulls, but Rick Fontana, Deputy Director of Operations for the City of New Haven Office of Emergency Management, says they were American Bulldog mixes.

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