Roseville police investigate dog attack

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 7, 2020 | Updated October 8, 2020 2:19pm

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Police Department is investigating an attack by two dogs that left three people injured and another dog dead.

The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. Oct. 5 on Frazho Road near Kathy Street, which is between Hayes Road and Gratiot Avenue.

According to the department, a 45-year-old Roseville resident was walking her dog when two dogs running loose attacked her and her pet, a 10-month-old beagle. Two nearby residents witnessed it happening and tried to intervene. The woman, her dog and the pair who tried to assist them were bitten, and the dog died.

“Two citizens quickly came to the aid of the victim and her dog,” the Roseville Police Department said in a press release. “A 69-year-old male resident of Roseville fought with the dogs, getting bitten himself, while saving the female resident from sustaining more severe injuries. A 32-year-old female resident of Roseville also interceded and was bitten several times. The citizens’ actions prevented this tragic incident from being a bigger tragedy.”

The deceased dog’s owner was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries, and Roseville investigators said she is expected to recover. The two citizens who interceded refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.

Police described the first dog as having reddish-brown fur and weighing approximately 60 pounds. They described the second dog as having black fur and weighing approximately 120 pounds. Police said that both dogs possibly were pit bulls.

On Oct. 8, the Roseville Police Department announced that it believed it had identified the dogs’ owner.

“The Roseville Criminal Investigation Division has possibly identified and is working with the owner of the dogs responsible for the attack,” Police Chief Ryan Monroe said in a press release. “The owner is cooperating with our detectives and the Macomb County Animal Control office is assisting with our investigation. This investigation should be completed by the end of this week.”

Anyone with information or who has video of the incident is asked to call Macomb County Animal Control at (586) 469-5115 and Roseville Detective Tom Bender at (586) 447-4506.