Dog Owner Charged in Hamden Attack

Kim Miller's two Rottwilers attacked a Hamden grandmother last week, according to police.

Monday, Oct 8, 2012  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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Dog Owner Charged in Hamden Attack

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ROTTWEILER ON GRASS CLOSE-UP PORTRAIT

Police have charged the owner of two Rottwilers that attacked a Hamden grandmother last week.

The grandmother was trying to protect her granddaughter on Wednesday evening, according to police.

When police responded to Goodrich Street and Shelton Avenue at 6 p.m. for a report of two dogs attacking a person, they found several people in the street who were carrying baseball bats.

Several other people were tending to Cynthia Reed, 47, who was bleeding profusely from the head and back, police said.

Witnesses told police that the dogs bit Reed and dragged her toward the street.

Two neighbors retrieved baseball bats and struck the dogs until they released Reed, police said.

Police are crediting them with taking heroic actions to help Reed.

As police investigated, they learned the two dogs had escaped from a fenced-in area on Edwards Street, police said.

Kim Miller, who owns the dogs, told police that she was placing garbage outside and the dogs pushed open the gate.

Police said the dogs went to Shelton Avenue, where they attacked Reed’s 6 year-old granddaughter, according to a news release from police.

As Reed, who lives on the second floor, heard her granddaughter scream, she ran to help.

Before Reed got to her granddaughter, Monique Jones, who saw the attack, grabbed the little girl and ran into her home. The little girl was not hurt, police said. 

When Reed went outside, the Rottweilers viciously attacked her, police said.

She was transported to the Hospital of Saint Raphael with serious injuries.

One dog has been impounded at the North Haven Animal Shelter. The second was transported to the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital.

Miller was cited for causing a nuisance and allowing a dog to roam, police said.

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