Emogene Powell, 55, is recuperating and has been listed in stable condition at Memorial Regional Hospital after having been attacked by two dogs at 1410 NW 191st St. on Tuesday afternoon while delivering mail. According to the Miami Gardens Police Department report, the dogs jumped the neighbor's fence and attacked the postal employee - biting her on her face, arms, and leg.
Witnesses were able to fight the dogs off of Powell, and according to local 10.com, neighbors stated the dogs are vicious. Originally labeled as pit bulls, the owner of the two dogs was able to prove the dogs are American bulldogs; the dogs were properly licensed and vaccinated.
Miami-Dade County does not allow residents to own pit bulls which include American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, and bull terriers. Residents can be fined $500. and court action can be taken to force the removal of the dogs from the county. An ongoing battle to remove the grandfathered ban on breed specific legislation continues in the county.
Often people confuse an American bulldog for an American pit bull terrier. Both breeds are classified as working dogs and possess some similar physical appearances, however the American bulldogs are stockier, larger, and have shorter snouts. An American bulldog male can weigh as much as 125 pounds while most pit bull terrier males weigh in at no more than 60 pounds.
The dog's owner refused to give a statement to the media. Miami-Dade Animal Control will investigate and has not decided if the owner will be charged with a violation. The dogs were properly vaccinated and licensed and returned home with their owners. The dogs are usually chained in the back yard of their residence.
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