Hamden Woman Seriously Injured in Rottweiller Attack

The two dogs had escaped their yard and went to attack the woman's 6-year-old granddaughter, according to police.


A Shelton Avenue woman was seriously injured Wednesday defending her granddaughter from two rottweilers who had escaped from a neighbor's yard and was attacking the child.

Hamden Police got a report of the two dogs attacking a person at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith. 

When police arrived, they saw a group of people with baseball bats and several others helping out a woman who was "bleeding profusely from the head and back," Smith said.

The woman, Cynthia Reed, 47, was treated at the scene by Hamden Fire Rescue and then taken to the Hospital of St. Raphael with serious injuries, Smith said.

According to police, the two rottweilers had escaped from a fenced yard at 35 Edwards St. when their owner, Kim Miller, was putting the garbage outside, Smith said. The dogs pushed open the gate and ran off to 440 Shelton Ave., Smith said, where they attacked the 6-year-old child.

Reed heard her granddaughter's screams and rushed outside to help her from her second-floor apartment, Smith said. A neighbor, Monique Jones, grabbed the child and ran into her home, he said. The child was not injured.

But when Reed got outside, the two rottweilers "viciously attacked her," Smith said.

"According to a witness, the canines bit and dragged Reed towards the street," he said. "Two area residents, Kenneth Lewis and Curtis Watkins, retrieved baseball bats and struck the two canines until they released Reed.

"It should be noted the numerous residents played a heroic role in coming to the aid of Cynthia Reed," Smith said.

Charges are expected to be filed against Miller, the owner of the dogs, Smith said, and Hamden Animal Control is continuing to investigate the incident. One of the dogs was taken to the North Haven Animal Shelter and the other was taken to the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital for treatment, Smith said.

J October 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I hope by "treatment" for the dogs, they mean euthanasia! No second chances for these animals should be tolerated.
J October 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
And thank goodness for good neighbors!
LovelyHamden October 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
When are people going to learn these dogs are dangerous PERIOD!
Ellen Nosel October 06, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I want to know if those dogs were neutered. I read somewhere that 97% of dog bites are done by unneutered dogs. It should be mandatory that all dogs are neutered unless you are a licensed breeder.
Beth October 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I would almost guarantee that the dogs haven't been fixed. And I'll also bet they have been trained to be aggressive. Rottweilers were the pit bulls of the 1980s and people loved to make them as mean as possible. Most likely this is the owner's fault but naturally the dogs will pay.
Linda C October 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Sorry Lovely I have to disagree. Like every other breed it's the way the are bred ( i.e. not using same blood line over and over), and of course the way they are raised. That's why it is very important to socialize any dog when it is a puppy. It is equally as important to use both adults and children to surround them, pet them and hand feed them so to prevent food aggression. I've always made it a point to train my dogs off leash in front of my home, and have them out with me as often as possible. This cuts down on the urge to bolt when opportunity arises by fault of the owner or guest. My dogs have never ran out of my gate or front door, because to them it's not big deal, they have been out there many of times. Unfortunately people tend to get dogs either as family pets or for protection without researching both the breed and the breeder. Not everyone can handle every breed of dog. In the case of large dogs like Rottweilers you have to be a strong owner and maintain dominance over the pack. I know many people who are responsible owners of Rottweilers and they are the sweetest dogs with both family and strangers. All comes down to proper obedience training and putting in the time to know your animal. Nothing worse than a dog attack for the Psyche. I hope they take the time to reintroduce the child to puppies and dogs to prevent a life long fear.
BethG October 06, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Lovelyhamden, "these dogs" are not dangerous. It's all in how they are raised, like any other breed. Linda, I agree with you completely!
Thomas Alegi October 06, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People (online), did an in-depth analysis of dog injuries by breed based on 24 years of data. "According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74 percent of attacks and 68 percent of the attacks upon children. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question."
Beth October 06, 2012 at 05:03 AM
That's because those are the breeds chosen by the scum who train them to be aggressive. If they chose a golden retriever, then those dogs would be perceived as dangerous. All dogs have the potential to be dangerous, it's people who bring it out in them purposely.
GEsubsea October 06, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I just received word about this through this forum as I Kim's nephew down in Houston with 3 dogs of my own along with a Staffordshire Bull foster. These are in fact my aunt's dogs and I am very sorry to hear this happened as they are typically either always in the house which is also enclosed behind a 6 foot fence OR their own 12ft pen enclosure in the yard. As the article indicates she must have had them in the yard momentarily when they escaped from the main gated area. These are definately fixed I can attest to that. She has always had this particular breed for 20+ years with no problems to this point. My 94 yrs old grandmother also lives in the house and with the rash of crime the neighborhood has succumbed to, they are both companions and property protection. Again, while this is agreed a tragedy in its own right, Kim only has the best intentions.
Thomas Alegi October 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Dogs are like humans, or as some say humans are like dogs, however you choose to say it there are aggressive tendencies in both species.
Karen's Dog Training Blog November 13, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Child was attacked, but sustained no injuries??? How is that an attack on the child?
Helgaguillen Ramos November 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
When i was 8 years old,I was playing with my father in a park, a german shepperd came close to me, my father got scared, he took a stick and beat the dog, people was helping him, the dog was restrained and taken away, all this happem 50 years ago,i dodn't stop crying for the dog. i told my father to go and adopt the poor dog, my father was a good men and he adopt the dog. i grow up with her, her name centella, she was the best dog that we have. I think the 2 rottwillers aproach the child without any desire to attack the child, people got scare because of the breed, and try to protect the child, they beat the dog . they defend themselves and bite the woman. This dogs are not vicious. They Deserve a second Chance. Please give them a second chance don't kill them.


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