FISHKILL – A 14-year-old girl is in Westchester Medical Center after a vicious dog attack on Tuesday afternoon, and the dog’s owner is being treated at a Poughkeepsie hospital for wounds sustained in the attack. Fishkill Police Lieutenant Paul Schettino is crediting the rapid response and bravery of Officer Ray Maeang and Sergeant Anthony Zebrowski with saving the lives of the girl and the dog’s owner.
Officer Maeang responded to the Thomas Avenue area for a 911 report of a dog attack on December 7, at approximately 4 p.m.
According to Lieutenant Paul Schettino, Officer Maeang arrived and saw a dog attacking a child and an adult in the wooded area between Thomas Avenue and Gearing Park. “Maeang immediately grabbed the dog and pulled it off of the victims, risking his own personal safety,” Schettino said. He pinned the dog to the ground and held it there until help arrived. Moments later, Fishkill Police Sergeant Zebrowski arrived and assisted his officer until the dog could be restrained in a canine crate.
The police investigation revealed the dog was being walked by the owner when it saw the teenage girl victim walking. The animal broke free from its owner and immediately started attacking the child, according to Lt. Schettino. The report indicates that the owner attempted to protect the girl by covering her with her own body, resulting in the dog attacking its owner as well.
Both the dog owner and the teen victim were transported by EMS to MidHudson Regional Hospital with significant injuries. The 14-year-old was subsequently transferred to Westchester Medical Center for additional treatment.
Lieutenant Schettino said the animal is being housed at the Dutchess County SPCA and an investigation is ongoing.