Investigation continues after dog attack in Pleasanton




Shawn Johnson is surrounded by family at the South Texas Regional Medical Center after suffering dog bite injuries sustained from an attack last week.

Shawn Johnson is surrounded by family at the South Texas Regional Medical Center after suffering dog bite injuries sustained from an attack last week.

Pleasanton resident Shawn Johnson, 23 years old, was attacked by two pitbulls Saturday at the 400 block of Hunt Street in Pleasanton.

The Pleasanton Police Department responded to the house at 6:17 p.m. after Johnson suffered several dog bites to his neck, right shoulder and underarm areas, according to a press release.

Shawn’s mother, Maryann Boyd, said she was headed outside with her six-yearold granddaughter before the incident.

“The dogs surrounded my daughter first,” Boyd said.

“She was able to make it to the door and my husband went out to chase the dogs away. Nobody was home to let them know the dogs were out.”

Johnson was walking down Hunt Street before the two dogs surrounded him and attacked roughly an hour after his sister was first approached by the dogs.

“I heard my dogs barking and looked out the window,” Boyd said.

“I called the police when I saw my son being attacked.”

Emergency Medical Services was contacted, but Johnson was transported to the South Texas Regional Medical Center by his sister, according to Boyd.

Johnson received over 37 stitches he suffered from his injuries.

“I’m disabled and there is no way I could have saved my granddaughter because I’m weak and in a wheelchair,” Boyd said.

“I saw a man with a big stick help my son. He was working while cutting trees and ran to get the dogs away.”

Arnoldo Villarreal, owner of Primos Tree Service in Pleasanton, saw the attack unfold as he was working on a roof nearby.

“I saw the guy walk down the street and the dogs surrounded him,” Villarreal said.

“I jumped down onto a breezeway and ran over with my pole saw. I wanted to get there sooner because they were getting him pretty good. They were dragging him around when I smacked them a few times. It all happened so fast.”

The dog’s owner, Alison Ricks, was not home at the time, but told officers later that the dogs had been secured in the home.

“It’s city ordinance for dog owners to keep their animals penned up and not run loose,” Pleasanton Lieutenant Jim Cole said.

“The number one thing is if you see a loose dog, avoid it and call the police. Don’t turn your back on a dog when encountered by one. Call the police as soon as possible.”

Animal Control Personnel was dispatched to the location and took custody of the dogs.

Lt. Cole is currently investigating the case.


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