Deputies tried nonviolent methods to subdue the dog at Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary before ultimately shooting it. Buffi Novotney, 40, was taken to the hospital, where she received 18 stitches in her arm and four stitches in her finger. A second volunteer did not require medical treatment.
Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said the wounds could have been life-threatening if the dog had bit an artery.
The dog that attacked the volunteers was a pit bull-boxer mix named Reese. It had not been aggressive before, said Nancy Benevento-Brown, Safe Harbor’s CEO.
“I’ve got pictures of him riding in the car, going to the vet,” she said. “We don’t take in aggressive animals.”
For more on the incident and the deputies response, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.
Click the video box to the right to listen to the 911 tape. [WARNING: The audio recording is graphic and could be disturbing to some listeners.]