Dog that mauled boy forced way into Fruita woman’s home months earlier

A Fruita woman says the dog that attacked a 7-year-old boy last week is the same animal that forced its way into her home and tried to get to her bedroom some months ago.

Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said the dog that attacked and bit Cody Strauser on Wednesday near his home at a mobile home park in Fruita had the appearance of a pit bull breed. Angelo said the dog had been found at-large several times prior to the attack, with the latest incident in November.

Pamela Russell, who lives a few blocks from the mobile home park where the dog is kept, said the animal was not just at-large, but was inside her home.

Russell owns a pit bull as a pet. She said one morning in November she heard noises outside her bedroom door and found an unfamiliar dog trying to get inside the room where her own dog was.

“I felt like I was in a very unsafe situation,” Russell said.

Russell said she didn’t know how the animal got into her home, but she left the house and waited outside her front fence for animal control officers to arrive.

The intruding dog followed hers into her yard while Russell waited on the other side. The two were playing, but whenever she tried to open the gate, Russell said the intruding animal would growl and snap at her.

The dog was removed by officers, Russell said, but no one asked her to give an official statement on the incident, and to her knowledge, the dog’s owner was issued a warning.

Angelo said he could not comment on the incident because the case is still under investigation.

After the Wednesday attack on the boy, Russell said she found a note on her door from the Fruita Police Department asking her for an official statement about the November incident.

“Now, they’re trying to build a case,” Russell said. “I’m just so angry that it took this little boy getting hurt for somebody to do something. Was what happened to me not enough?”


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