Both dogs involved in pit bull attack sustained serious injuries
Editor's note:The article has been updated to reflect new information as it became available.
The Ypsilanti Police Department is continuing to investigate an attack by a pit bull on two other dogs that took place Saturday in a parking lot near the Ypsilanti Farmers Market on the corner of Rice and Cross streets.
Contrary to prior reports, the two dogs attacked by the pit bull were very seriously injured.
Onlooker Joy Meadows said during the initial attack, "(The pit bull) grabbed the dog by the back of the neck and was shaking it around like a rag doll."
The pit bull reportedly attacked the first dog while on a leash attached to a van near the market. The owner was unpacking her van for the market when the first dog was attacked, according to Meadows.
Janet Cowling, who said she arrived immediately following the first dog escaping from the attack, said onlookers were attempting to get the pit bull in to the van when the dog became loose.
"We were attempting to get the pit bull in the van, but the dog slipped out of its harness," Cowling said. "Then it turned around and went straight for the other dog."
Cowling said she was bitten five times while she attempted to free the second dog from being attacked.
"I was lucky it wasn't the pit bull or I could have been really messed up," Cowling said.
Ypsilanti Police Department officials said at the present time, both dogs still are alive and under veterinary care and are continuing to be watched.
"They both had some lacerations and puncture wounds," said Ypsilanti police Sgt. Brent Yuchasz. "They took them in for treatment, but it's one of those things that are ever evolving."
The owner of the two dogs told police officials he did not personally sustain any injuries. Yuchasz said at this time, the owner of the pit bull has been cited for a vicious dog under the city ordinance. He also said the pit bull itself will be in quarantine for the next 14 days, to make sure it is current on its shots.
At this time there have been no additional charges filed but the investigation remains open.