Mount Vernon Man Hospitalized After Brutal Dog Attack

Witnesses: 'They Were Eating The Guy'; 'Leg Was Ripped Open'

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (1010 WINS/ CBS 2) – When Maureen Martin looked out from her second-floor apartment on Wednesday night, she saw a pack of dogs attacking her neighbor.

“Another big dog came and they just threw him on the floor and they were eating the guy,” Martin said.

Police said two Rottweiler’s and a Wheaton terrier mix attacked Craig Jones as he walked along East 4th Street around 9:30 p.m.

 LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports

As CBS 2’s Lou Young reports, Jones, a 38-year-old electrician, was returning returning home from the grocery store when the dog pack struck. His most serious injuries are too gruesome for television.

“I saw three huge dogs on top of him and he was just screaming. He was already bloody. His leg was being ripped open,” witness Dee Dee Smith said.

The victim was just trying to get to his front door but the dogs kept attacking. They brought him down, chewed him up and began dragging him back toward the street. Horrified neighbors alerted by his screams began throwing things out the window. A brick finally hit one of the dogs and seemed to break the spell.

“I was right there hanging out of my living room window and I about fell out. That’s how close to him. I’m still scared. I don’t even want to go grocery shopping today I’m so scared,” Smith said.

Responding Mount Vernon Police officers shot and killed one of the animals and captured another. Witnesses said the third dog got away.

“That could have been my baby. That could have been anyone. I’m very upset about it,” neighbor Joan Murray said.

Police told Young the dogs escaped from an auto body shop. Two of the same animals were involved in the August dog pack killing of neighbors’ pet Yorkie.

That dog’s owner said Wednesday night’s attack could’ve been prevented.

“They should’ve been put down most definitely.  Something should’ve been done and I had a feeling something like this was gonna happen again,” Eric Coleman said.

“I still hurt from losing that dog. This should not have happened. This could have been avoided,” Deana Young told 1010 WINS’ Maloney.

Deana Young blames the city of Mount Vernon for not doing anything.

“You cannot have a pack of dogs like that and not expect something like this to happen,” Deana Young said.

A police spokesman said after the August attack the dogs were returned to the owner by court order. So far no formal charges have been filed, but the animal remains in quarantine at the animal shelter.

The dogs’ owner was not at the auto body shop when the animals escaped, police said. An employee apparently left a gate open.

Medical officials transported Jones to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where he was treated for serious injuries to his head and legs. He was listed in stable condition.

“He had some pretty significant injuries to his leg area as well as his head,” Police Capt. Edward Adinaro said.

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  • Dr. Jane Goodall

    Here is another example of wild animals exhibiting pack behavior:

  • jm

    this is carzy,this sound like a job for a hollow point deer slug

  • Rock Haber


    • Madi

      I cant believe ths happened this is so insignificant this could have totally been prevented

  • mikeE


    • dfili

      You misread and clearly didn’t see the picture, they weren’t pitts, there were two rottweilers and a wheaton terrier.

      • dfili

        not that it really matters tho b/c any dog can cause significant damage and you’re right, once the jaw is locked, its pretty hard to get them off. Very sad, I ,too hope he fully recovers and these dogs are put down and the owner held responsible.

    • Catherine

      -Is it true that Pit Bulls can lock their jaw?
      The infamous locking jaw is a myth. The American Pit Bull Terrier and related breeds are physiologically no different from any other breed of dog. All dogs are from the same species and none have locking jaws. Dr. I Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, “To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs. There are, moreover, compelling technical reasons why such data describing biting power in terms of ‘pounds per square inch’ can never be collected in a meaningful way. All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to either unfounded rumor or, in some cases, to newspaper articles with no foundation in factual data.” Furthermore, Dr. Brisbin states, “The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of ‘locking mechanism’ unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

      • ANDREW2000


    • munch

      no where in this report does it say that the dogs were pitbulls and besides pitbulls can be some of the best dogs raised by the right person and not some idoit

    • christine drakatos

      Mike the dogs are not pit bulls. And this could have happened with any dogs. Please don’t stereotype pit bulls. This is a very sad accident. I am a rescuer, and have worked with all breeds of dogs. Dogs that are in junk yards and lots are often abused, neglected have no proper shelter and are starved. They also have very little human contact. The dogs are not to blame, the owner is.

      • caccian`

        You are so right about the “junk yard dogs”. I commute into the city daily and on one stop there is an auto body shop with enclosures for the dogs outside. 2 beautiful German Sherpherds are kept outside in all kinds of weather with no human contact. If you try to walk by their enclosed pen, they will scare the heck out of you and bark ferociously. Such a shame for what purpose to keep these dogs like that in frigid weather. Feel so bad for them.

  • DEEPlapel


    • HunterGreen

      Out here in WY that would not have happened as all 3 dogs would have been DRT. Most citizens here keep their dogs in check. The dogs that run and chase end up shot.

  • gmantheman

    Johm M. I guess if my neighbor has a Siberian Tiger, I shouldn’t be worried as long as he’s a “good owner”.
    Not too bright!!

  • Armed Citizen

    The dogs owner/s should be liable for this poor man’s injuries in my opinion. But if this had happened in Arizona any numner of neighbors would have quickly saved the victim with legal firearms. No house should be w/o the great equalizer: a semi-auto 12-guage shotgun. I wish this poor working man a swift recovery and a big legal settlement!

  • kenny komodo

    I just lost my 11 year old German Shepherd, a loyal, smart and energetic dog who loved people, children and playing fetch. However he was quite insistent that you were not going to enter his domain (the back yard) without his permission which usually meant a quick sniff and you’re good to go. But it would be foolish to make any aggressive moves toward me or my kids when Bullet was out and about. He just didn’t like it. Oh and yeah I have a loaded Ruger .357 in my bedroom. And a loaded Colt .45 Officers ACP hidden in the living room Just in case.

    • Nav

      Kenny: If someone asks about your guns by saying “what are you afraid of?” — you can look ’em in the eye and say: “Not afraid of a dang thing.” Be sure of your target and beyond.

  • Randall

    The other dog was a Wheaten Terrier mix. I used to have Wheatens.They call them, “The Teddy Bear Dog”, because when they are a pup, they look like a teddy bear. Vicious by nature? No. There’s to many freaking laws already, we don’t need more.

  • Fred C. Dobbs

    I just carry a gun anyway. I don’t give a damn about liberal laws. Cops, vicious dogs and criminals. All the same to me.

    • KPMc

      What about other wacko gun nuts?

      • Pman

        What about “them”, KPMc? Sounds like you are the nut to me. Crawl out from under your rock, please.

  • Eliza sands

    These type of dogs should be outlawed how many will have to be hurt before someone does?

    • kurt

      Ah, a fan of the nanny state. I suppose you also think personal firearms should be banned as well?

  • Missy

    We need the ability to sue the judges that make these stupid decisions.

  • Billdo

    We were having a lot of trouble with breakins at our junkyard even though we had 5 brutal attack dogs lurking behind the gate at night. So we got rid of the dogs and got licenses to keep a few tigers that we bought from some people that couldn’t afford to care for them anymore. Haven’t had a single breakin since and they’re actually very loveable animals.!

    • Dan

      When a dumb crook breaks in and gets killed, his family will own your junkyard

  • Not for the faint of heart - true nature of the beast

    • steve

      Another example of stupid NYC gun control laws. Cops can shoot the dog, citizens are not allowed to carry; if the guy would have had a gun and shot 3 dogs dead, he would be in jail and PETA would NOT be on his side. Idiot laws.

    • CTB

      LOL – my sister’s pit looks and acts exactly like that!

    • Henry

      Video from Canada. Thought that the liberals in Canuckistan banned bulldog breeds?

      Or, is that just the liberals in Ontario banned bulldog ownership? ….Did the huge province of Ontario ….Toronto area leftist liberal politicians to be exact…(.near the liberal bastions the USA northeast states) ..DID they .ban this fantastic and wonderful breed THE BULLDOG in a huge part of Canada?? If so, that is beyond bizarre. Very idiotic and probably criminal.



  • hanibal

    America doesn’t understand that when the economy takes a dump, people often abandon their dogs and stop buying dog food in lieu of survival food. Sometimes the dogs don’t have the same Hope that we Ameri-cattle have. They just want to eat.

  • Sally Elkus Newberry

    These are not Pit Bulls.
    What is wrong with you people…
    The owners should be more responicable…

  • DC Handgun Info

    Liberalize the New York state laws to “Shall Issue” concealed carry and see your crime drop and personal well-being go up. Most U.S. states permit some form of concealed or open carry. New York State’s hodge-podge of county-based law makes it incredibly hard to stay safe and stay legal there.

  • Sharon

    Send them after Michael Vick…he deserves it!

    • Timbo Slice

      GO EAGLES!!!

  • marilynn

    Two americans a day are killed by illegal aliens. More than death by dogs in this country. I will personally take my chances with the dogs.

    • craig

      Why take a chance with either?

    • whatever

      and they smell better

  • Tim

    Once a domesticated animal deliberately bites a human in a manor where malicious intent is blatantly evident, the animal should be put down. Doesn’t matter that it is a “trained guard dog” or a family pet. A domesticated animal that turns on a human is a threat to everyone in the community in which that animal resides.

    • whatever

      Nope – If someone breaks into my house and my non attack trained, but loyal dog bites that person to protect me or my family, he’ll get a big fat steak.

      • Tim

        That is a different scenario. Protection within your home is clearly a different story. I apologize for not specifying. If a dog bites someone who is in a home without the homeowner’s consent, I too think a steak is in order.

    • Tim

      As for the people who claim one type of dog is more dangerous than another, remember when Akitas were all over the news for being “Vicious killers”? I have owned two Akitas (short hair) and both were the nicest dogs ever and very obedient and respectful of humans. They both understood that they were lower on the totem pole than any human that came into my house (invited of course). I never felt as though my children were in jeopardy. Owned a Rott too, never once gave me any reason to suspect it would attack a human. It’s all in how you raise the dog and how the animal is treated. Akitas were bred to hunt brown bear but also to act as “nannies”. The same dog that would go out and kill a bear would return home and tend to children. You have to raise a dog to understand that humans are superior and in-charge. If you can’t do that, you should not own a dog lest you find yourself in a situation where you have an out of control animal.

  • patty

    I love animals but big dogs scare me. I have 2 4lbs dogs and Im happy with them. NO BIG DOGS FOR ME>

  • Steve Eisenberg

    I carry a gun and I’m a good shot.

  • jen

    I kicked a dog in the face/eyes twice to defend my kid when he was being attacked. The dog got bloody eyes, but I wish I had had the strength to do way more damage. It helps to know martial arts and to understand how to fight against a wild dog like these were. All 3 need to be put down, not just one. The poor guy probably has to get rabies shots, too. He has suffered enough. If the other 2 dogs are not put down, then I don’t know what’s wrong with this backwards world. Am thinking I might have to carry a club or a knife now when I’m out walking my little dog. He was attached once, too, by a Doberman and pitbull. I had to raise my little Pom high above my head until the dogwalker finally got control of the owner’s dogs.

  • Justin

    Are you people serious? Sending someone to prison because a pet attacked someone? That is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard.

    Shoot the dog in the head and be done with it. I can’t believe that this society functions on any meaningful level with people like you living amongst us.

    • AB

      Justin, I can’t believe that YOU are serious for asking if people that want to hold the owner accountable are serious. Of course the owner is responsible for the actions of his dogs – that is what it means to be an owner! If the owner isn’t responsible, then who is? And if you don’t make sure owners KNOW there will be held responsible, then they won’t act responsible.

    • chris

      You buy three dogs like that (they weren’t toy poodles) and don’t keep them secure, you damn well are responsible if they get loose and rip someone apart.

      If the guy is so concerned about the safety of his business, he could have bought an alarm system that would only be 100 bucks a month and probably tax deductable.

      At least a civil suit is going to all but guarantee his auto body shop won’t be his anymore.

  • Rosalee

    I think that I need to get a watch dog but don’t know what kind to get…my neighborhood is getting pretty bad and want one for protection. There are beer cans in my yard every morning. But I don’t know which kind to get (dog that is).

    Also, what is the best way to teach a dog to bite?

    • Timbo Slice

      I am currently training an “attack beagle”. Horribly vicious dog. I call her Bacon and she will lick your face right off of your head if you even think about stepping foot in my house. LOL.

  • Chris

    Having put a dog to sleep for killing a neighbors dog, I would simply have gone to the shop and shot those dogs myself if they killed my dog. Laws often times do not reflect the practicalities of reality. It is our responsibility to defend ourselves and those around us from threats like this.

    They are just some crazy guard dogs. Are their lives as animals worth the maiming of this man? No. I hope the shop owner at least gets a real security system instead of using homicidal animals.

  • I just have to ask

    To all you breed haters – are all Muslims terrorists? Because no matter how you want to deny it, it really is the same thing.

  • jen

    My son was attacked by a pitbull/mastif mix. Thank God, my child is ok now. That dog should be dead, but as far as I know animal control leg it go.

    I was also attacked by a Rotweiller. Thank God his chain didn’t make it to my face. Thank God for 2 inches.

    Owners of these types of dogs just don’t get it. Many of these dogs turn on their owners. Remember the San Francisco judge who returned 3 dogs to his owner cause the owner begged for them back? Then when the owner got his dogs back, the dogs killed the owner? Not kidding, true story….look it up. Some people, especially dog owners like these, they just DO NOT GET IT!!!!

  • Harry

    This debate keeps going on and on all over the internet whenever the issue comes up and it’s so obvious: YES different breeds have different tendencies and different temperaments and YES their upbringing is an even bigger influence. So despite the fact that some dog lovers are insulted by what they perceive as breed bigotry we have a right to be concerned about those certain breeds–especially considering they are often the breeds specifically chosen by morons to be raised for aggression. It’s that simple–nature? nurture? BOTH! F’n political correctness is BS. I’m not a bigot but I don’t deny genetics either.

    • Nav

      Harry — You are right on the money. Well said. If you run for office, I’m voting for you! Thanks.

      • whatever

        Only if it’s not for office in this country. I prefer my leaders to be more educated.

  • Mike

    Dogs are animals, not people. And when they are in groups of 3 or more, they do vicious things like this. The owner(s) should face criminal charges.

    • whatever

      Mike – Ever read Lord or the Flies? Why don’t you run along and buy “dogs for dummies” and then get back to us.

    • TYRONE


      • Kyle

        Thats not what i put!!!!!

      • Kyle

        What color are they?

    • Dog Rescuer

      You can’t be serious. I own 4 dogs and they have lived peacefully together for 13 years and have never tried to attack anyone as a pack. Dogs in numbers don’t simply just attack. No dog daycare or boarding facility would be able to exist if that was the case (imagine being a staff member at a dog daycare where you have upwards of 80 dogs running wild all day. Sure you get a few fights amongst the dogs, but they do not just do vicious things because there is more than one of them).

      Yes, absolutely the owners should face criminal charges. Those charges should not just include the horrible attack on the man, but also the irresponsible and dangerous way they raised, trained, and most likely neglected these dogs, which caused them to be aggressive.

  • Dog Rescuer

    Please post a correction notice stating that this was not in fact a pit bull and change the URL title so that it no longer states “pit bull attack”. Factual errors like this are not only poor journalism, but reinforce the horrible, wrong stereotypes that lead to thousands of pit bull deaths a year due to breed specific legislation and breed discrimination.

    Is there also any way to find out if these dogs were in fact guard dogs? Guard dogs are bred and trained to be vicious and attack. It is a legal practice that is horrible and also reinforces stereotypes. Anyone who reads this article (or sees that horrible picture posted at the top of this article) is now bound to believe that all rottweilers and Wheatens are dangerous dogs. Again – way to reinforce negative stereotypes!

    This is absolutely horrible reporting of this incident and is extremely disheartening to read. Thousands of people across the United States fight day in and day out to show that “bully breeds” are given such a bad rap because of the way stories like this are reported. Where are all the stories of the golden retrievers, labradors, or yorkies that have bitten and caused people or other dogs serious harm? Do your research – look up United States bite statistics, or even locally for your state. NOWHERE is there any evidence that these “bully breeds” are more dangerous than others.

    To the person who denied her son a rottweiler puppy because of this article, please reconsider. Rottweilers BY NATURE are loyal, loving family dogs. Do your research and don’t generalize. You’re only adding to the problem of ignorance and breed discrimination.

    • Teresa

      Dog rescuer – I think the person who said she was denying her son a rot because of this is just a breed hating nut sack stirring the pot. And you just wrote what I was going to post – STOP GENERALIZING BREEDS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL DOGS. Even the CDC has BLAME THE DEED NOT THE BREED on their website.

      I also believe they are indeed guard dogs – they escaped from an auto body shop. Screams guard dogs to me. But maybe I’m generalizing all junk yard dogs, if so I apologize. But as I pointed out before, the media should have had a better handle on it prior to reporting a random pit bull attack.

  • Karl

    the dogs should be sued and the owner ‘put down’

    • whatever

      I can work with that.

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