WATERLOO | Animal Control officials detained a dog after it entered a home and attacked a woman and two other dogs late last week.
Beth Rosenberg was letting her dogs out at about 11 a.m. Friday when a pit bull pushed its way through the front door of her Chestnut Street home and lunged at her.
"He went straight for my neck. He just missed my jugular by a few inches," said Rosenberg, who received scrapes to her jaw line and leg.
Rosenberg's dachshund, "Toki," came to her aid, and the attacker turned its attention to the smaller dog, biting down on its head.
That's when "Wolf," her 5-month-old rottweiler, joined in to help the dachshund.
Rosenberg's boyfriend, Iverson Holmes, heard the commotion while he was sitting on the living room couch and grabbed a rattan table.
Rosenberg was trying to grasp a collar to separate the dogs when Holmes told her to stand back.
"I picked up the whole dining room table and started whacking (the pitbull)," Holmes said.
He said he struck the attacking dog four times without results. On the fifth strike, it took off, tearing up the house as it found a way out.
"It was chaos in here," Holmes said.
Rosenberg called 911, and Holmes pulled a Japanese sword from the wall and went outside to look for the dog, but it had disappeared.
He said neighborhood youths told him the dog lived about a block away, and police and Waterloo Animal Control detained the dog, named "Simba."
Animal Control Officer Maria Tiller said the city still has control of the dog and plans to serve citations for fear of attack, dog at large, vaccination proof and city license.
Rosenberg's injuries didn't require medical treatment. Toki had bite marks on his head, and Wolf had an injured left front leg and underwent a veterinarian exam on Monday, Holmes said.
It is the latest in a series of high-profile attacks involving pit bulls that has the City Council considering new restrictions on the dogs. The most serious incident came on Aug. 27, when a Waterloo woman walking on Riehl Street was attacked by three dogs. She was hospitalized with extensive injuries. A pit bull was shot by police and two other dogs were detained by Animal Control.
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