Authorities shoot pit bull following attack

A deputy with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a pit bull on Tuesday afternoon, a last-resort measure to stop the dog’s attack of a male victim.

TPSO said it was called to 120 Cortez St., in Thibodaux just afternoon in reference to a man being attacked by a dog.

Authorities were on the scene within 12 minutes and they said the dog – a pit bull – was still latched onto the man’s arm upon their arrival. 

The victim had injuries to his face from being attacked by the dog, and after attempts to get the dog off the man, the deputy was forced to fire two shots, killing the dog that was still latched to the man’s arm during the shooting.

The man was taken by Acadian Ambulance to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center where he was taken to surgery for his injuries.

The dog’s body was taken by Animal Control. 

Authorities investigating the case learned that the victim was a 43-year-old man and he went to the residence to see a female acquaintance. 

She was inside the home, but was asleep at the time.

When the man opened the door to get in, he was immediately attacked by the woman’s pit bull – a struggle which carried on into the front yard, which netted a nearby resident to call authorities. 

TPSO said the victim is out of the hospital after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.