Senior Animal Control Officer Lupe Valdez said Derek Malcom, in his 20s, swatted the dog to keep him from making a mess on a sofa and that led to the dog attacking Linda Engstrom, in her 50s.
Valdez said the dog went for the woman’s legs and ended up biting a chunk out of one arm. She also had bites to both sides of her spine.
The man grabbed a steak knife and tried to fight off the dog, but he also was attacked. The man ended up having a finger amputated after being taken by the Angel Care Ambulance Service to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville.
“I went into the house (in the 1200 block of South Tyler Street) with a tranquilizer gun,” Valdez said. He was backed up by his assistants, Mark Burrola and Manuel Lopez, and three police officers. Valdez shot the dog with a dart, and the officers were able to gain control of the animal in a back bedroom.
“We took the dog to Williams Veterinary Clinic at the request of the owners to be euthanized,” Valdez said. The dog was tested for rabies, and the test was negative.
The owners said the dog had been gentle up until that point.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.