One of the victims of a vicious pit bull attack on an Omaha street Wednesday tells Channel 6 News, "It was the most terrifying thing I've ever gone through in my life."
Carly Spring and her 1-year-old son Cade were out with another mother and her baby walking past a yard near 13th and Pine streets around 3:30 p.m. The two babies were strapped inside a red wagon being pulled along when a pit bull suddenly attacked them.
Carly can't stop thinking about the sight of a pit bull loose and getting ready to attack. "You can't imagine just the fear, you could just be watching your baby die right there.”
Resident Stephan Ray witnessed the attack through his window. "It was a melee for a good 30 seconds, everybody trying to beat Duke off of the baby." He's devastated by the things he heard and saw.
"They were hysterical of course, so they came in my kitchen and they sat down on the floor and I started getting wet towels and cold ice and I started putting it on the baby's head because she was missing her whole scalp."
The dog started attacking the other baby and basically ripped the back of her head off,” says Carly.
Paramedics rushed 1-year-old Charlotte Blevins to Creighton Medical Center in critical condition. Police later followed with parts of the girl’s scalp on ice. Her 29-year-old mother, Wendy Blevins, was bitten on the left side of the neck.
Cade was bitten on the chest. His 30-year-old mom Carly was bitten on her left hand. They were treated for tissue wounds and released.
Carly said little Charlotte was in surgery, but is expected to survive.
Duke's owner, 33-year-old Tina Agerson, was cited for harboring a dangerous animal. She said she’s takes responsibility for what happened. “I feel bad for what happened to the little kids." She said the dog was on a leash, but “the collar fell off his neck.”
"She didn't jump in to try and stop this from happening," says Carly about Agerson, whose home has a "Beware of Dog Sign" posted.
Residents say neighborhood kids had taunted the dog in the past with a lawnmower and believe the rattling sound of the wagon on the sidewalk might have resembled the noise of the lawnmower to the animal, which was taken away by the Nebraska Humane Society.
It said Agerson turned ownership of the dog over to them. Duke will be euthanized within 10 days.
Ironically, the Nebraska Humane Society says right around the same time and just three blocks away on South 13th Street, an 8-year-old boy was attacked by another pit bull and needed stitches.