Rogue Rottweilers attack old woman

Rottweilers are second only to pit bulls in dog breeds responsible for the most bites in New York City. Shih Tzus and Chihuahuas also make the list.

Two Rottweilers attacked an 80-year-old woman Saturday in Prospect Park, even while they were still leashed to their owner.

Yuk Ho Chan suffered bites and claw marks to her hands and face; she was treated and released from Methodist Hospital.

“When dog attacks happen there are usually very old or very young victims,” said Dr. Pamela Reid, vice-president of ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center. “We have to assume she was moving differently than other adults — possibly in a jerky movement.”

The NYPD issued the owner two summonses.

Over the past decade, the number of bites reported to the health department has decreased, but some lawmakers say that’s not enough.

State Sen. Ruben Diaz introduced a bill that requires pet owners take a basic course with their pups before the dog’s first birthday or within 180 days of acquiring the pet.

The city’s most vicious breed last year was the pit bull, with 815 reported bites, according to the city Health Department.


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