Woman reportedly attacked by pit bulls in Vicksburg

Published 7:09 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Vicksburg animal control officers have captured one of the two pit bulls that attacked a woman Wednesday morning in the 400 block of Locust Street near Mundy Street, animal control supervisor Kacie Lindsey said.

According to police reports, a brown and white pit bull and black and white pit bull attacked the woman about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday as she was walking in the area. The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Merit Health River Region by ambulance. Her condition and the extent of her injuries were unavailable.

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Lindsey said animal control workers caught the brown and white dog about 4:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Street area. “We are still looking for the black and white dog,” she said, adding the dogs had been seen in the 500 block of Locust Street and on Jefferson Street and possibly Farmer Street.

She said one other person has reported an encounter with the dogs.

Bertram Hayes-Davis said Monday he was walking his dog by Christ Episcopal Church on Main Street about 7:30 p.m. when the animals came his way.

“I was right up to Christ Church when those two came around the corner from Locust Street and came toward me,” he said. About the same time, he added, a man came by in a car, stopped, sounded his horn and jumped out of his car and scared the two animals away. “He said, ‘These dogs have been attacking for days, and I’ve got to call the police,’” Davis said.

“He drove around the neighborhood and called police. I didn’t catch his name; he was a good Samaritan.”

Davis said he walked in the same area the next day but did not see the dogs.

Lindsey said she and two animal control workers initially searched for the dogs after the woman was attacked, but did not find them.

She also asked the city public works and utilities employees to be watching for it, and she called the Vicksburg police and asked that officer to look out for the dog.

Lindsey said if anyone sees the dog, they should call 911.

“Do not approach or try to catch this animals,” she said, “it is very aggressive.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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