Sun | Oct 20, 2019

'There were four pitbulls standing over her'...good Samaritan recounts dog attack on teacher

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 5:59 PM

One of the men who was first on the scene of a dog attack on a sixth-grade teacher has recounted seeing four pitbulls standing over the helpless woman laying on the road surface.

Delroy Foster says one of the dogs was standing to the side while another was “licking the blood” off the St Richards Primary School teacher as she was sprawled out on Woodland Way, in Coopers Hill, St Andrew.

“That time them bite, bite her up long time”, Foster told The Gleaner during an interview today.

He said he and another man had gone there in a car to assist his neighbour, but had to take refuge in the vehicle after the dogs turned their attention to them.

“The brethren who me call, him have a crow bar and him say we ago come out a the car and lick the dogs…we couldn’t come out because the dog dem a rush we”, he recounted.

After nearly three hours, Foster said the ordeal ended when one of the policemen who arrived at the scene shortly before 8pm fired a bullet into the sky as one of the dog attempted to attack the cops.

By this time, he said the sixth-grade teacher was naked from the waist down, with blood and bite marks all over her body.

He said the wounded woman was still able to tell police personnel her name as well as her daughter’s name and telephone number.

Foster said she also gave the police the dog owner’s name and asked to be taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital.

“The areas around the bite marks start to get black and she said she just wanted to get to the doctor”, he recounted.

Foster said he was first alerted to her plight around 5:30pm.

He said he was at the back of his house, located about “a good distance” away from the scene of the attack, when he heard a woman screaming ‘help, help…Lord, help me, somebody come help me’.”

“The dog them a bite, bite her up and a mek up noise same way”, he said.

Foster said he called a friend to go with him to assist the woman. He said when his friend arrived about one and a half hours later the woman was still screaming.

He acknowledged that a police team arrived at the scene almost an hour after he telephoned a friend and asked him to go inside the Red Hills Police Station and ask them to come and assist.

“Tell the police dem say I want assistance up a Coopers Hill right now ‘cause some pitbull up yah a kill one lady and we trap in a di car can’t come out”.

However, he said a policeman refused to take the phone from his friend, indicating that “them done hear already and no vehicle no deh deh”.

Foster believe it was God who caused him to be at the back of his house so he could help to rescue the teacher.

“If me never go over there [to Woodland Way] enuh, no police wouldn’t know say that happen enuh, nobody wouldn’t know. Maybe when the owner [for the dogs] come home him would a see her out in a the road dead”, he opined.

“Is just three houses on that side where she did a walk enuh and nobody never come home at the time and is not a popular road fi say vehicle ago pass and somebody ago see her and assist her”.

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