CEDAR PARK — A pit bull dog was euthanized last week after the animal reportedly mauled a Cedar Park man, Cedar Park police confirmed.
A neighbor told Hill Country News that the victim was covered in blood and collapsed on her front steps.
Cedar Park Police Capt. Jeffrey Hayes said police and animal control officers responded to the scene and investigated the reported dog bite Thursday night in the 400 block of South Buffalo.
According to Hayes, Anita Escalera, 53, of Cedar Park was walking her dog and was passing the property of 60-year-old Larry Roepke.
“Mr. Roepke feeds a colony of undomesticated cats and became upset that Escalera was walking the dog near his yard,” Hayes said. “A verbal disturbance resulted which caused Escalera’s dog to react and although on a leash, broke free from Escalera and attacked Roepke – biting him on the arms and stomach area.”
Escalara’s dog, which Hayes described as a pit bull or pit bull-mix, was quarantined and the owner voluntarily agreed to euthanize the animal.
Hayes said the remains were tested for rabies and the results came back negative.
Escalera was charged with two Class C misdemeanor violations of Cedar Park city ordinance – which deals with dogs at large and unregistered dogs.
The next door neighbor said it was important to note that Buffalo, as well as two other streets in the area do not have sidewalks or street lights, and she said she did not feel it was safe for children to walk without sidewalks.
A friend of the neighbor told Hill Country News that Roepke was hospitalized but was back at home Friday with stitches and bandages on each arm and cuts on his torso.