2018 | Police & Fire

Woman Injured, Dog in Critical Condition After Alleged Pit Bull Attack in Rockville Neighborhood

Euthanization of dogs and owner citations pending investigation

A 28-year-old Aspen Hill woman was treated at a local hospital and her 7-year-old adopted English coonhound is in critical condition after being attacked by a pack of pit bull-mix dogs in a residential Rockville neighborhood late afternoon Thursday, authorities said.

The woman was walking her dog, “Addie,” which she adopted from the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center two years ago, around 5 p.m. in the 12700 block of Robindale Drive when the attack occurred, Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said.

Investigators believe the pack of five dogs escaped from the backyard of a residence, Montgomery County Department of Animal Services director Thomas Koenig said in a phone interview Friday morning. Koenig is in charge of the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the attack.

“Every indication points to the dogs being outside, and not inside, of the house,” Koenig said. “The woman heard the dogs barking when she walked by.”

Starks said the dogs have been deemed “dangerous.” Euthanizing the dogs is one possible outcome from the incident, he said.

Koenig said the woman who was attacked and the owners of pit bull-mix dogs have been interviewed, but other witnesses have not. Those interviews should take place Friday, he said.

Koenig said authorities will determine whether citations will be issued after he receives an official police report and witness interviews have been concluded.

County police incorrectly identified the victim as a teenager in initial reports, Starks said.

“The woman was treated at a local hospital and released Thursday night,” said Starks, who visited her in the hospital. “Addie is in critical condition and made it through the night, but will undergo more procedures today starting at 10 a.m.”