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Branford Police: Elderly Woman Mauled by Dog

Branford Police report the 93-year-old victim sustained serious injuries after the animal ran from inside of the owner’s home — and attacked her while she was walking.

A number of neighbors came to the aid of the victim and began fighting off the animal using her cane and a baseball bat until the owner could subdue and cage the animal, police said. Credit: Patch file photo
A number of neighbors came to the aid of the victim and began fighting off the animal using her cane and a baseball bat until the owner could subdue and cage the animal, police said. Credit: Patch file photo

A 93-year-old woman sustained serious injuries Sunday afternoon after she was mauled by a "pit-bull, mixed breed, dog" that had broken free from its owner’s Branford home, police said.

The incident, which happened just before 2 p.m., occurred at the intersection of Harbor Street and McKinnel Court. 

Police officers and members of Branford Fire Department immediately responded to the scene, after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors and others who witnessed the attack.

When officers arrived the animal had been captured and caged by its owner, Matthew Radulski, 49, of 136 Harbor Street, Branford Police Capt. Geoff Morgan said. 

Branford Police Capt. Geoff Morgan said Officer Joseph Harrington, who conducted the investigation, reported that the animal ran from inside of the owner’s home and attacked the victim as she was walking. 

"A number of neighbors came to the aid of the victim and began fighting off the animal using her cane and a baseball bat until the owner could subdue and cage the animal," Morgan stated in a press release. 

Morgan added that the elderly victim sustained a massive amount trauma to her lower left leg. 

She was treated and transported by Branford Fire Department paramedics to an area medical facility for serious injuries and later underwent surgery. 

The animal has been quarantined by Animal Control Officers at the Branford Animal Shelter, as the investigation continues.

WD of Branford April 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Really??? another Pit Bull Mix, I'm sure this was an accident but people need to take all dog ownership more seriously especially this breed.
Bill Fasula April 14, 2014 at 05:25 PM
This dog came after me one day, fortunately I was able to give him pause by yelling and screaming until the owner came out to retrieve him.
Maggie Bruno April 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM
I love dogs (proud owner of a Golden Retriever) but I don't trust Pitt Bulls. Like Rottweilers and Dobermans, they are bred to be guard/attack/fight dogs. I feel bad for the dog - it's not his/her fault. People should think many times before taking on this kind of pet. But I feel worse for the poor woman who was attacked. My prayers and wishes to her and her family for her complete recovery.
waialua03 April 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM
This is horrible especially for an elderly women out for a walk which indicates how well she has taken care of herself! This dog has to absolutely be put down and the owner should do some serious jail time. More so since the dog has gone after another named Bill. This woman's life will never be the same. Recovering from major injuries to extremities in anyone is a long and painful process. I'll be praying that she will walk again in this lifetime. Yes, you might have guessed, I've been bitten 4 times in my life by dogs out walking. The worst was the hand..the tendons still ache after all these years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family.
Susan April 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM
According to the Branford Eagle, the victims leg is broken, and they may have to amputate it. It sounds like this woman will never live independently again, even if she survives her injuries. Neither the owners or the ACO have mentioned euthanizing the dog. The ACO instead defends pit bulls as a breed, and suggests that this pit bull, which was adopted out from her shelter, was afraid of the elderly woman's cane, and that "triggered" it to try to kill her. You can't make this stuff up. Nice to see the taxpayers of Branford paying the salary of their ACO to "save" dangerous dogs.

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