This is one of the most horrifying dog attack stories, evah.
The mother, Angela Silva was in her garage, with her four month old baby in her arms, getting ready to clean out her car, when the pit bull from next door charged inside, lunging for the baby. Thinking quickly, she hid her son in the garbage bin, and tried to fight off the dog, but the determined beast wanted that baby, and knocked the garbage can over to get at the crying child.
At this point Silva did what any good mother would do, and got between the dog, and her baby. ‘Swisher’, the pit bull attacked Silva, clamping his jaws onto her arms, shredding through her flesh right to the bone.
“He just kept biting . . . and biting . . . and biting,” Silva, a 32-year-old special-education teacher, said Wednesday, tears filling her eyes.
Her screams attracted the attention of two contractors who were working on a house across the street. They ran over with their power tools whirring, and scared off the dog.
And so ended the scariest eight minutes of Silva’s life.
Finally responding to the cacophony, Charles Shelby, who lives next door in a rented house, came outside and called Swisher in. Swisher snapped to and promptly obeyed. Then a neighbor saw one of Shelby’s friends drive up in a red car, scoop up Swisher and zoom off. As of Wednesday evening, Swisher’s whereabouts remained unknown. Police are continuing to investigate and say that if the dog is found, he could be euthanized.
The low life neighbors are facing misdemeanor charges for not cooperating with police, and hiding evidence.
Meanwhile, Angela Silva is recuperating from her injuries and the terrifying ordeal.
She has about 50 staples and countless stitches all over both of her forearms, where she was bit down to the bone. She’s lost feeling in her fingers.
Ms. Silva understandably had a hard time sleeping that night.
“This was just so traumatic,” she said. “Every time I closed my eyes, I just thought about that dog.”
“If it weren’t for them, (the contractors) my baby and I would probably be dead,” Silva said.
But the dozen friends and relatives who gathered Wednesday at Silva’s home, bringing flowers and comfort, were patting her on the back, saying it was Silva, and her maternal instincts, that saved the day.
H/T: Crime Scene KC