At 7:45 p.m. on Monday June 20th, Jocelyn Winfrey, 53, of New Haven, was being attacked by two American Bulldog mixes owned by Hamilton Hicks, at his home on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in New Haven. Hicks and Winfrey were reportedly attacked as soon as they walked onto the property. According to witnesses, the dogs immediately began to bite Winfrey. When Hicks tried to pull the dogs off of her, he was repeatedly bitten himself.
In the calls released Wednesday, dispatchers can be heard attempting to ascertain the severity of the attack while a witness dialed 9-1-1 for help.
Web Extra: First 9-1-1 call received at 7:45 p.m. on June 20th
Police said a neighbor heard the commotion and tried to help by grabbing a broom. The neighbor told police that neighborhood 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.
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Seven minutes later, the same person called 9-1-1 a second time. In the second call, the witness was frustrated that no one had shown up to help yet.
Web Extra: Second 9-1-1 call received at 7:52 p.m. on June 20th
The Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director, Rick Fontana, says the initial 9-1-1 call came in as one dog attacking. It’s protocol for the dispatcher to not send any fire personnel in that instance. Police, animal control, and an ambulance responded after the second call. Fontana says they plan to increase all responses to animal bites in the future.
The New Haven City Spokesman released the dispatch times to News 8, which are as follows:
19:46:09 (7:46 p.m.), 911 call received for a dog attacking people at BLVD, call has limited information she is located from across the street.
19:48:32 (7:48 p.m.), AMR Given Call for BLVD
19:49:18 (7:49 p.m.), AMR 231 enroute
19:52:51 (7:52 p.m.), AMR on scene staging for pd
19:48:32 (7:48 p.m.), Call routed to PD Radio holding screen
20:00:45 (8:00 p.m.), Call Dispatched to PD Unit 20,103
New Haven Emergency Management Officials said the victim was transported by AMR to Yale-New Haven Hospital and arrived at the hospital 18 minutes after the first 911 call was received.
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Winfrey was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She died from her injuries on Monday (June 27th). Hicks, who was also injured in the attack, is expected to recover.
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The two dogs who attacked Jocelyn Winfrey are still quarantined at the New Haven Animal Shelter. They are scheduled to be put down in the middle of next week.
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“They’re not animals we would release back out into the community because of the nature of the injuries that Jocelyn had initially even before she passed,” New Haven’s Animal Control Officer Joseph Manganiello said.