South Slope — A four-year-old, 45-pound labradoodle was viciously attacked by four unleashed pit bulls in a South Slope park yesterday morning.
The dog’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was walking with her dog toward the park across from the Detective Joseph Mayrose Park by the intersection of Prospect and 6th Avenues Thursday morning at approximately 9am.
She saw a man approach the park with four leashed pit bulls, so she decided to walk her dog on the street instead, she says. After completing their walk, the woman and her dog walked over to the park to throw away a poop bag in a trash can that is approximately three feet into the park.
She says the four pit bulls were unleashed on the other side of the park as she approached the trash can but came charging toward her and her dog. The four pit bulls lunged at her labradoodle.
“All four dogs had their jaws on my dog,” she told BKLYNER of the horrifying incident.
The woman says she began screaming at the pit bulls and tried pushing them and prying them off her dog, getting knocked around, dragged, and almost getting bitten herself during the ten minute altercation. The pit bulls’ owner came over and tried unsuccessfully to tear them away from her dog as well.
Each time they were able to pry one pit bull off her dog, it would immediately come back and bite it again. She says the pit bulls even snapped at and bit each other during the frenzy.
A large group of neighbors gathered to watch but were afraid to intervene, she says. She repeatedly begged them to call 911, which several of them did.
Finally, after the victim pleaded, a bystander retrieved the pit bull’s leashes and tossed them over to her, she says. The owner of the pit bulls was finally able to leash his dogs up and pull them away from the victim’s dog.
One of the pit bulls “looked like he put his face in a puddle of blood,” the victim recalls of the bloody aftermath.
She says it took approximately 25 minutes for EMS and the police to arrive, but the pit bulls’ owner did not stick around and wait despite her and bystanders demanding he not leave. He gave the victim a business card, which lists him as a “dog walker” and tried to leave the scene amid the group of bystanders shouting at him to stay.
The man then dropped the pit bulls’ leashes, walked over to one male bystander who was telling him to remain on the scene, and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, the woman says. The man then took his pit bulls and left the park.
The male victim suffered a bloody nose and a cut to his face and was taken to Methodist Hospital, according to a NYPD representative. He is listed in stable condition.
The woman suffered various “scrapes and bruises on my legs, knees, arms, elbows and feet,” she says, while her dog suffered wounds to her chest and paw requiring sutures, as well as an injury to her ear. Both were at home recovering on Friday.
Christopher Chabrier was arrested for assault, menacing, disorderly conduct, and harassment, the NYPD told BKLYNER. This is the 34-year-old’s eighth arrest. His prior arrests were drug-related, according to a police representative.
The victim claims that an arresting officer informed her that the DOH say that Chabrier is up-to-date on his dogs’ vaccinations and paperwork and did not take the dogs away.
Because these four dogs are still in the neighborhood, she’d like to warn the community about them.
“We are so lucky to be alive,” she says. “That could have been my son. So many kids play in that park.”
Some park areas allow dogs to be off leash from the time the park opens until 9am and from 9pm until the park closes, according to the NYC Parks website. The victim says that the park where the incident occurred does not have off leash hours.
BKLYNER reached out to NYC Parks regarding this park’s leash policy and will update this post when we hear back.