2nd attack in 5 years by the same pit bull in Teaneck, police say

TEANECK — A pit bull quarantined after being bitten in 2017 is responsible for an attack on a woman and her 4-year-old daughter this month, police say.

Authorities received a call about a child who had been bitten by a dog on Voorhees Street at around 3:15pm on December 12, according to an emailed statement from Deputy Police Chief Andrew McGurr.

When officers arrived, a 26-year-old mother reported that a loose brown-haired pit bull attacked her and her daughter as she tried to lift her out of her car seat.

A contractor working on the block heard the commotion and was able to get the dog to flee the scene, McGurr said.

Both the mother and daughter were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the attack, he said.

Officers were able to determine that the dog’s owner lived on Voorhees Street. The homeowner, Evans Dunbar, stated that the dog had escaped from their backyard.

Police say Dunbar was issued two subpoenas, ‘running dog’ and ‘registration of dog’.

And for the second time in about five years, the dog has to be quarantined for 10 days. Bergen County Animal Control confirmed to New Jersey 101.5 that the dog was confiscated.

On December 26, 2017, officers responded to the Voorhees Street home for an attack on a postman by a pit bull and a small white dog, according to McGurr. Residents eventually got out of the house and got the dogs, and the postman was taken to a hospital for treatment.

“All information indicates that both incidents involved the same pit bull,” McGurr said.

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When asked if the pit bull would be returned to its owner, Bergen County Animal Control said the investigation is ongoing and a judge will make that decision.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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