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Wilton woman loses arm after pit bull attack

Nov. 12, 1:45 p.m.: Wilton police report that Anne Murray, 65, of 77 Range Road was attacked by a pit bull that lived at her home on Nov. 11 around 11:30 a.m. Ms. Murray lost one arm, and a portion of another arm as a result of the “violent nature of the dog’s attack,” Lt. Don Wakeman said earlier today.

Information suggests the pit bull was owned by her two sons, who also live at 77 Range Road.

Ms. Murray was home alone at the time of the attack, according to Lt. Wakeman. Two passing motorists first alerted police to a roaming dog in the vicinity of 77 Range Road around 11:30, before one saw a woman partially hidden underneath a vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway “calling for help,” he said.

Capt. John Lynch of the Wilton police was one of the first officers to arrive on scene, and quickly noticed that the dog presented a physical danger to the victim, the officers on scene, and those residents who called in the incident. He killed the pit bull with shots discharged from his service weapon.

According to Lt. Wakeman, Capt. Lynch “arrived on scene and recognized that the injured party was underneath the vehicle. The dog was being aggressive and not allowing emergency personnel to get into the driveway. He repositioned himself when he was preparing to discharge his weapon so as to not put the victim at risk.”

Lt. Wakeman referred a question on the current state of the victim to Norwalk Hospital, but told reporters that last word had Ms. Murray in the intensive care unit in stable condition.

According to police, the dog was a two-year old pit bull that had been living at the home for the majority of its life. Because of the nature of the incident, an autopsy will be performed by a state lab, as will be a post-mortem rabies test.

Results from the rabies test are expected within two days.

Lt. Wakeman told reporters that “most dog bites” in Wilton are “relatively routine, and of a minor nature. I haven’t seen anything” to suggest pit bulls pose more danger than other dogs, he said.

The Wilton Police released the following information regarding an incident which took place on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013:

On November 11, 2013, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Wilton Police Department was notified of an attack of a resident by her pet pit bull in the area of Range Road and Buckboard Ridge Road.

The first arriving officer, Capt. John Lynch, found the victim, Anne Murray, age 65, of 77 Range Road, attempting to protect herself and seriously injured underneath a vehicle in her driveway. Capt. Lynch determined the dog was an immediate threat to the victim, the officer and residents who had stopped. Capt. Lynch discharged his weapon striking and killing the animal.

The victim suffered severe injuries as a result of the attack by the canine, to include the loss of one arm, and the partial loss of another, as well as multiple wounds over her body. She was taken by Wilton EMS to Norwalk Hospital.

The pit bull will be tested for rabies at a State of Connecticut laboratory.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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  • Richard

    Hey LT Wakeman, how could you say Pit Bulls are no more worse than other dogs? Is your head in the sand?

    • Chris Burns

      Hi Richard,

      I just updated my story to better reflect comments made by Lt. Wakeman regarding pit bull violence. He was speaking of his personal experience in Wilton, and was not making a blanket statement regarding pit bulls’ tendency towards violence, or lack thereof.

      I apologize for the lack of clarity.

      Christopher Burns

  • Mark

    For anyone interested in facts, the officer involved in this case reported that this dog was NOT a pit bull. Print a correction?

    goodmorningwilton.com/bd-of-selectmen-mtg-not-a-pitbull-shocker-and-other-updates/

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