Two injured in pit bull attack

Several pit bulls attacked and bit two women last week, with both injuries requiring medical treatment, Medford police reported.

A 50-year-old Medford woman was getting in her car at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Austin Street, near the Kids Unlimited parking lot. She had been preparing to put her two pit bull dogs in the car when two other pit bulls belonging to 51-year-old Shannon Wells escaped from his Austin Street yard and attacked. The woman tried to break up the fight and received a bite on her arm.

A 44-year-old woman witnessed the attack and tried to intervene, throwing a cup of water in one of the animal's faces. That caused the animals to turn on her and bite her twice on the arm. She ran to get help and found the animals and the woman had disappeared by the time she returned.

The 50-year-old woman who was first attacked was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her dog bites, which required several stitches. The 44-year-old woman also received treatment for her injuries, police said.

Wells was cited on a municipal code violation for not having control of his animals, police said. Jackson County Animal Care & Control seized his two pit bulls. Both animals are in a 10-day quarantine at the shelter to make sure they are not rabid. At the end of that period, officials will reassess and decide on the next steps to take.

— Ryan Pfeil

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