Condition of woman mauled by pit bull upgraded

James David Dickson, and Charles E. Ramirez

Roseville Police released more details Tuesday about the Sunday mauling of a Roseville couple by a pit bull.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said the 52-year-old woman who was attacked has been upgraded from critical condition Monday to good condition.

Berlin also said the man, 51, is in serious condition and underwent extensive surgery to repair damage on his arms from the attack. The police chief also said the man will require several more surgeries.

He also said the dog in the attack was euthanized Monday afternoon with tissue samples sent to the lab to ensure it didn't have any communicable diseases.

Police plan to interview the 28-year-old man who owned the dog that attacked the couple Tuesday, officials said.

A preliminary investigation has found the couple had been out Sunday evening and when they returned home, the female victim let the suspect dog out of his crate, according to authorities. Police said the dog attacked her without warning or provocation and the man came to her aid. The dog then turned on the man, mauling him extensively.

Berline said investigators plan to submit the case Wednesday to the Macomb County Prosecutors Office for its review and to determine whether charges will be filed against the dog's owner.

The mauling was horrific, neighbors said Monday, but more startling: many remembered hearing of another attack weeks ago at the same home, same dog.

“I just saw all of these police cars and an ambulance,” said Joe Stebbeds about Sunday’s attack, who lives next door to the couple attacked. “I didn’t know what it was all about until I saw it on the news.”

Police said the incident happened at 9 p.m. Sunday. Officers met the bloodied woman outside her home, on the 30000 block of Normal,where she said she’d been attacked by her son’s pit bull. Police say the woman suffered severe bites on her face, head and arms, and was bleeding profusely, according to police. Medics transported the woman to a hospital, where she required surgery.

A male victim had been attacked, too, and he was still in the house, the woman told police. Authorities initially said the man was the woman's husband, but said Tuesday he was her boyfriend.

At the front door of the home, a neighbor was yelling at a dog to “get away,” police said. Officers approached and saw a 51-year-old man “unconscious on the living room floor, suffering from horrific bites to his arms and face,” a statement on the incident said.

But the dog “was present and was extremely aggressive,” to the point the emergency personnel didn’t feel safe entering the home.

It was only when an officer went to the back door and pounded on it to distract the dog, who walked toward the noise, that paramedics were able to enter and remove the man. When the dog returned to the front of the home, a firefighter used a Taser, which kept the dog neutralized long enough to remove the man.

The pit bull and a second dog were taken by Macomb County Animal Control. Any charges will be determined by Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.

The man needed to be airlifted to the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he was in “extremely critical condition.” .

A few doors down from Stebbeds, Jan Schulter and Rose Lieblang were talking about the attack over the fence.

Like Stebbeds, they saw the police cars and ambulance Sunday. They were shocked to hear about the dog attack.

“It’s a pretty quiet street,” said Schulter.

Lieblang said she’d heard the dog in Sunday’s attack had bitten the owner’s mother a couple of weeks ago.

“That’s what surprises me,” she said. “How could you be able to keep a dog that’s already bitten you in your home?”