Broward County

The day a pit bull attacked its owner

An officer peeks through a window of Lauderhill apartment where a woman was attacked by one of her three dogs. The dogs were left inside the apartment.
An officer peeks through a window of Lauderhill apartment where a woman was attacked by one of her three dogs. The dogs were left inside the apartment. Sun Sentinel

As a pit bull owner for 10 years, Yasmin Adam was used to bringing her dogs with her when leaving town. People either weren’t trustworthy or were too scared to keep them, she said on a gofundme page description.

That explains why Adam, of South Carolina, had three of her pit bulls at a relatives’ apartment in Lauderhill on Monday. Why one of the pit bulls attacked Adam, 43, with such ferocity that she’s in critical condition after surgery remains a mystery to Lauderhill police.

The department says officers responding to a 911 call reached the Calypso Cay Apartments at 4:37 p.m. Monday to find Adam under attack. A baton didn’t repel the dog. Pepper spray proved ineffective, too.

With the failure of blunt force and chemical weapons, the officer pulled her gun and shot the dog. That gave Lauderhill Fire Rescue time to get Adam out of the apartment with what police described as “severe injuries” to both arms.

While Adam was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, the city’s SWAT team, Animal Control and Fire Rescue began a multi-hour roundup of the three pit bulls. The dogs were turned over to Broward County Animal Control.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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