Animal Call

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Pinellas County Animal Services

Heidi Cooper (Victim- Injured)
DOB: 03/27/1972
Address: 765 West Gate Drive, Safety Harbor

Meaghan Tokay (Victim- Injured)
DOB: 03/06/2003
Address: 765 West Gate Drive, Safety Harbor

Sierra Wilson (Victim- Injured)
DOB: 03/31/1995
Address: 765 West Gate Drive, Safety Harbor

What:
A mother and her two daughters were injured after they were attacked by their Pit Bull in Safety Harbor.

When:
The incident occurred at about 4:07 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.

Where:
The incident occurred at a residence located at 765 West Gate Drive in Safety Harbor.

Why/How:
At about 4:07 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, deputies were called to a residence regarding a report of a dog attacking the residents at 765 West Gate Drive in Safety Harbor.

When deputies arrived, they found 45-year-old Heidi Cooper and her daughter 14-year-old Meaghan Tokay suffering from multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to their extremities. Cooper’s other daughter, 22-year-old Sierra Wilson suffered from minor scratches. A deceased male Pit Bull dog was found lying in the front yard.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Cooper to Bayfront Medical for serious non-life threatening injuries. Tokay and Wilson were transported to Bayfront Medical for non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say the incident started when one of Cooper’s Pit Bulls, a male dog named Buster, got loose inside the home and started fighting with one of her other male Pit Bulls. Cooper and Tokay tried to intervene and stop the dogs from fighting when Buster turned and started attacking them.

Deputies say Cooper and Tokay were trying to fight off the dog when they were bitten numerous times. Cooper was seriously injured by the dog. Wilson witnessed the vicious attack and rushed to their aide stabbing the dog several times with a knife. The dog died shortly afterward.

A family member informed deputies that the dog was normally kept in a separate room because he was known for being aggressive.

Pinellas County Animal Services responded to the scene and took possession of the dog’s remains.

Posted by Travis Sibley Friday, November 24, 2017 8:31:00 PM Categories: Animal Calls

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