Two dogs died after a woman and her Chihuahuas were attacked by three loose dogs in Rocky Point on Wednesday, the second such attack in the community in two weeks.
Suffolk County police said they were called to Soundview Drive in Rocky Point on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. A woman said she was with her Chihuahua-mix dogs when the pit bulls, which appeared to have escaped from their owners’ property attacked, police said.
The woman said she tried to separate the dogs and was injured in the process. She was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson for treatment of scratches, police said.
Tom Doherty, 36, of Rocky Point, identified the woman and dogs attacked as his wife and their pets.
Doherty said one Chihuahua was killed in the yard and his wife was able to get the second one inside, but it died of its injuries after being taken to Selden Animal Hospital.
“My wife went through a very traumatic ordeal,” Doherty said, adding that his wife is 16 weeks’ pregnant. “We were under the impression you should feel safe in the backyard of your home.”
Police said the owner of the pit bulls surrendered them to Brookhaven Animal Control.
The attack comes a week after another woman said her dog, a 3-year-old boxer named Bella, was attacked by a group of pit bulls also in Rocky Point.
Elena Tsaregorodtseva, 39, of Rocky Point, said she had taken her dog and sons on a walk at Hallock Landing Beach on Aug. 3 when three pit bulls appeared and ran toward the family.
Tsaregorodtseva said the dogs began to bite Bella until she, a fisherman and firefighters who were at the beach were able to separate them. Tsaregorodtseva said she her hand was injured, though not severely, in the process.
Bella was treated for her injuries, but Tsaregorodtseva said the bites on the boxer’s legs and stomach later became infected, requiring expensive medication and treatment.
It was not clear whether it was the same group of dogs in both cases.
Brookhaven Animal Control is investigating the case, Suffolk police said.
A representative for Brookhaven Animal Control could not immediately be reached for comment.