Pit bull attack batters Bayside park pedestrian

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Ann Infranca said she was never much of a dog person, even despite living with several canine pals throughout her decades in Bayside, but after a close encounter unlike any she had experienced before last week, the 85-year-old has more reason to move away whenever a dog is near.

On Sept. 19 around 1 p.m., Infranca was walking alone to a friend’s house in Little Bay Park toward Fort Totten, where she once lived, when she suddenly found herself under attack. She noticed a large, cream-colored pit bull standing near its owner before the dog started charging toward her.

Before she could realize what was happening, the pit bull had run into her, biting her arm and nearly knocking her over, Infranca said.

“There was saliva all over me,” she said. “I took my arm out of my sleeve and then I saw blood.”

After the sudden attack, Infranca said she saw a woman pull the dog away by its leash and begin walking away. By the time she noticed the blood on her arm, Infranca said the dog’s owner had yelled over, “Are you okay?”

Infranca said she did not get a chance to respond before the owner was out of sight, unaware of whether she had been injured and without even exchanging names.

“There was no one around to help me,” Infranca said. “It all happened so fast.”

Infranca’s daughter, Freda Sbordoni, said she grew up near Little Bay Park and her mother frequently strolled through the area as many as three times a week.

“She calls it ‘her park,’” Sbordoni said. “Now I have to worry about her walking around alone.”

Infranca filed a police report about the incident and made an immediate visit to her doctor, who then administered a tetanus shot and prescribed antibiotic pills for her. Days later, she was still sporting a marble-sized puncture wound below a large red spot on her right arm.

Little Bay Park currently sports its own dog run area for residents so they can take their canines to a safe haven, but according to Infranca that area is rarely used and her attack last week was a direct result of dog owners not being cautious enough with their pets.

“The dog run is hardly ever used,” Infranca said. “The dog owners should really spend more time in there.”

Since the incident, Infranca said she still goes on walks through the park to enjoy the Bayside she has lived in with her family for more than 30 years.

But during a walk in Crocheron Park over the weekend, she said she noticed a large dog quietly resting beside its owner and thought twice about her route.

“I had to take another way,” Infranca said. “I won’t let that happen again.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Posted 5:27 pm, September 26, 2012
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Lucy says:
When this pit bull next attacks, the owner will be able to feign surprise and say that her wigglebutt never showed aggression before.
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:59 pm
parent from bayside says:
There are numeruos pit bull owners that run their dogs loose in the playground adjacent to PS 162. The police have been called several times and DONE NOTHING. I have been told they won't do anything unless the dogs bite someone. I guess those signs that say NO DOGS don't count. I think the dog owners do it on purpose since most of the kids leave when the dogs are running loose and their owners enjoy a private dog run in a kids playground.
Sept. 28, 2012, 9:15 pm
dava from everywhere says:
This happens every day, everywhere, to people and their animals. I live in Alabama and it happened to me. My dog was killed in my yard, my father's neighbor's dog was killed in the street, my friend's daughter's face was torn half off, another friend's son's cheek was torn off...none provoked, all horrific. Pitbulls are responsible for 100% of
all dog attack hospitalizations requiring more than 8 days in the hospital - in today's world, 8 days in the hospital is a devastating injury...Annals of Surgery, 2011. This year alone, pitbulls are responsible for over 65% of all fatal dog attacks. Wake up! Research! for your dog attack story. We care, we will reach out to support you when you think you are are not alone!
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:06 pm
Jaloney from visitor says:
People from bayside need to take picutres and/or video and send to the news stations and the mayor. Taxes are paid for these services and you won't get what you paid for without demanding something is done. Pitbull attacks on people and pets are often extremely traumatic events leaving kids needing surgeries including plastic surgery that cannot be completed until adulthood. and then there are those who lose their pets in front of their young children to pitbull attacks. Don't mess around. Take pictures and demand that this stop BEFORE SOMEONE Is more severely injured. Obviously a lot of pitbull owners cannot even control the dogs on a leash. Annals of Surgery study Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull compared to a Labador. That is huge. Protect people. Keep reporting this, call your leaders, and take pictures.
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Sept. 28, 2012, 10:46 pm
Annie from Apple Valley says:
On December 2, 2012, while bike riding with my black lab, and my 8 year old daughter, we were attacked by a grey pit bull with no reason, no owner, and no tags.
I am lucky on several fronts, that my dog is young and strong and did not fail, that the stray pitbull had a collar, was alone, and I had training on how to stop a dog fight. My dog's life was saved by me,and my daughter and received minimal injury in the attack, and the offending pitbull is dead. It was suffocated after the assault, while trying to detain it for animal control. of course suddenly this animal with a collar has no name, no owner, and no one will face accountability. I have since bought a stun gun, and have received stun gun training. I will never let this happen again to me, or my pet, or my children. More and more I see people who have these kinds of animals, and seem to think if it got out, and attacks someone, it's not their fault. You know you have a dangerous animal, one that attacks other animals. Why have it? I'm glad the offending pitbull is dead, now I worry about the hundreds of others in my community.
Dec. 4, 2012, 6:56 pm

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