2012-08-15 / Front Page

Putnam Valley woman attacked by marauding dog

Owner arrested 24 hours later
Eric Gross

A 54-year-old Putnam Valley woman is recovering from surgery needed to repair a deep bite to her left calf inflicted by a neighbor's bull mastiff.

The unidentified woman was walking her small mixed breed dog Wednesday afternoon when the larger animal ran from the front yard of its owner's residence on Lakeshore Drive in the Roaring Brook section of town and attacked the pet.

Sheriff's Department Captain William McNamara said the woman attempted to protect her dog and the attacking animal bit her leg.

Deputy Sheriffs Andrew Kristan and James Stasiak responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting the incident and after securing the attacking dog and her four puppies, summoned medical assistance. The Putnam Valley Volunteer ambulance corps responded along with a paramedic from the Trans Care Ambulance Company and rushed the woman to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where she underwent surgery and was admitted to the hospital overnight.

The injured dog was taken by a family member to a local veterinarian where it was treated and released.

Late Thursday afternoon, McNamara reported the arrest of the dog's owner, John Nikaj, 18, of 367 Lakeshore Road in Putnam Valley on charges of permitting a dog to run at large, allowing a dog to injure a person and for allowing a dog to injure a domestic animal.

Nikaj was released without bail pending an Aug. 30 hearing in Putnam Valley Town Court.

The Putnam Valley animal control officer is continuing to investigate the incident.


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