Four hospitalized after Jersey Shore dog attack

    Authorities say a pit bull attacked and injured a 10-year-old boy and four adults before one of the victim’s relatives corralled the dog.

    The attack occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex in Neptune City.

    Authorities say a man, identified as Terrance Simmons of Neptune, had agreed to take possession of a friend’s dog after it attacked the friend’s wife three days prior. The man then brought the dog to his sister’s apartment at Brighton Arms III. 

    When the man’s 10-year-old nephew asked to see the dog, it bit him on the arm. Simmons and his sister were attacked when they tried to help the boy.

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    The dog then ran out of the apartment and soon attacked a 42-year-old woman who had just dropped off her infant at her nephew’s apartment.

    The nephew, identified as 22-year-old Carl Henry Ganchier, then came out when he heard his aunt’s screams and eventually was able to restrain the dog. Two Neptune City police officers grabbed the dog and placed it inside their vehicle.

    Ganchier suffered scratches but declined medical attention. The remaining four were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

    The 42-year-old woman suffered serious injuries to her arms, legs, back, and buttocks that are described as non-life threatening, reported. The child had cuts on his arms, and his uncle and mother also suffered undisclosed injuries. 

    The dog was later euthanized and tested for rabies, according to an WABC report.


    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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