Pit bulls violently attack Upstate NY girl waiting for school bus; owner arrested

A 12-year-old Herkimer girl is still recovering a week after she was viciously attacked by two pit bulls as she waited for her school bus.

The incident happened on May 31, when the girl was with other children waiting at a bus stop on North Main Street in Herkimer, about 15 miles east of Utica.

According to Herkimer police, one of the dogs latched onto the victim's arm and violently flung her into the air and back down to the ground, breaking her ulna and radius bones and causing severe puncture wounds.

Herkimer firefighters treated the girl at the scene, and took her to the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System for emergency surgery. She will likely require additional surgery in the future, police said.

Police determined that at no time did the victim or the other children antagonize or approach the dogs.

They learned that the dogs' owner, Aaron Brown, 25, of Herkimer, did not have licenses for the pit bulls.

Brown was charged with Dangerous Dog, Unregistered Dog and Failure to Restrain under the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Police also charged him with misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Brown voluntarily handed over the animals.

Brown also had an active arrest warrant in St. Johnsville for Criminal Trespass. He was arraigned in Herkimer Village Court and turned over to the St. Johnsville Police Department.

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 7:52 AM