New Haven dogs involved in lethal mauling will be euthanized

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The two dogs who attacked Jocelyn Winfrey are still quarantined at the New Haven Animal Shelter. They are scheduled to be put down in the middle of next week.

“They’re not animals we would release back out into the community because of the nature of the injuries that Jocelyn had initially even before she passed,” New Haven’s Animal Control Officer Joseph Manganiello said.

More than a week ago, Winfrey was visiting the owner of the dogs Hamilton Hicks. City officials say the two dogs jumped on Winfrey and Hicks as soon as they walked into this gate at Hicks’ home on Ella Grasso Boulevard. The officer says the dogs are mutts, but predominantly American bulldog.Related Content: New Haven woman dies after being attacked by two dogs

Winfrey would later succumb to the injuries sustained in the attack.

“I don’t think it really matters what breed the animals were. I think we need to work on breeders breeding for a specific trait like aggression and prey drive,” said Manganiello.

Prey drive is how well a dog can track down prey. He says Hicks rescued the dogs from somewhere in the South and animals control officers had never been at the home before.

“Many times dogs are more aggressive whether it be their home, they’re very territorial. That’s their territory. So, we think that’s part of it, but we don’t know what caused the aggression,” said Manganiello.Related Content: Woman suffers dog attack, New Haven changes emergency response

Hicks is expected to be okay from the injuries he sustained. Manganiello says Hicks is fully cooperating and not trying to fight the euthanasia.

The dogs are set to be euthanized next Wednesday.

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