Pit Bulls Injure Meter Reader in Fla.
Jun. 04, 2003
PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) _ Four pit bulls attacked a power company worker Tuesday, tearing off the 56-year-old woman's ear and part of her scalp.
The woman, a 20-year employee with Florida Power & Light Co., was taken to a hospital for surgery. Company spokesman Sandy Sanderson said the woman's injuries were critical but not life-threatening. Her identity was not released.
The woman was approaching a fenced-in back yard to read a meter when the dogs jumped the fence and attacked, but the worker was able to escape and run to her vehicle. A neighbor called authorities.
Florida Power teaches employees defensive measures in dealing with dogs, and provides pepper spray and a device which expands like an umbrella to frighten attacking animals.
Capt. David Polomski of Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement said the dogs were picked up and quarantined. After the quarantine, an independent board will decide whether they will be returned to their owner or possibly put to sleep.
The dogs' owner, David Teuche, could be fined as much as $2,160 for several dog-related counts, Polomski said. He previously had been fined $40 for having a loose dog.
No phone number was listed for Teuche and he could not be reached for comment.