Pit bull quarantined after attacking Missouri City woman, her border collie


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News


Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

MISSOURI CITY, Texas – A Missouri City woman is nursing an injured arm and looking for answers after getting attacked by pit bulls while walking her dog.

Sharman McGilbert has taken the same route around her block more times than she can count.

“We come out around that same time (6 p.m.) every evening,” McGilbert, with her 13–year-old border collie, said.

However, Sunday night was different she said.

“All of a sudden I saw two pit bulls charging towards us,” she said.

Her first thought was protecting her dog.

“I normally carry a golf club when I walk and so I immediately started swinging because I knew that I was in danger,” McGilbert said.

She said the bigger of the two dogs jumped at her; they ended up face to face.

“I turned this way to block him from getting my face or my neck. He clamped right on to my arm. He was just growling,” she said.

McGilbert isn’t really sure how she got the dogs to back off other than the constant swinging of that club.

It is what happened next, or what did not happen that is her biggest concern. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance to have stitches in her arm.

Missouri City Animal Control responded, but did not immediately take the dog into quarantine, because the owners of the dogs allegedly told the officer they were not there.

Missouri City does have an ordinance that talks specifically about so called dangerous dogs.

In order for a dog to be deemed dangerous, it has to attack someone unprovoked, which is exactly what McGilbert says happened.

McGilbert said she has the wounds and bloods stains as proof. She added that this isn’t the first time she reported these same dogs to animal control. They got loose two weeks ago.

Missouri City officials told KHOU 11 News Monday evening that one of the two dogs involved in the attack was taken into custody and will be place in quarantine for 10 days.