Victims of Thursday’s dog attack in Owensboro identified

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The Owensboro Police Department is releasing more details about a reported dog attack Thursday night.

Police say officers responded to a call in the 2300 block of Heritage Park Drive in reference to a dog attack.

When officers arrived on scene, they were met by two aggressive dogs.

Police say one of the dogs charged at the officers and had to be put down due to its aggressive behavior.

Once officers entered the house, they found an injured male and female lying on the floor.

Officers say the investigation revealed that the victims’ dogs were fighting and they
intervened to try and separate them.

Both victims sustained injuries from the dogs and were transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.  

The Daviess County Coroner’s report revealed that 46-year-old David G. Brown died from cardiac arrest that was complicated by the dog attack.

Police say 45-year-old Dana Brown was treated at the hospital for her injuries.

“It’s crazy how fast this happened,” says Zach Sciaccotta, who lived down the street from where it happened.

“When I was leaving to go to practice, I saw cops corner the dogs,” he recalled. Sciaccotta says the dogs seemed normal to him when he saw them before.  Last night’s events left him wondering about the safety of his kids, and his own dog.

“I have a dog myself and I don’t want other dogs going in my yard and starting a dog fight. I also have a little bigger dog too as well. But just more concerned about it, especially with my little ones,” he says.

Owensboro Police say someone picking another person up in the neighborhood reported an animal complaint around six last night. Two of the dogs were fighting in the home when the Browns tried to separate them.

“This is a pretty unique incident,” says Officer Andrew Bell. When officers arrived, one dog, which police believe was either a pit bull or mixed breed, charged at them.

“If it’s an aggressive animal, we tend to call animal control to come out and assist us with collecting the dog. We don’t always have that luxury in an emergency situation like this one,” says Ofc. Bell.

“They were living their lives and all of the sudden a dog attacks them unfortunately,” adds Sciaccotta.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 16, 2018)

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