New Haven dog attack neighbors speak out after death of victim

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — What happened in the area of a home on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard more than a week ago still has the neighborhood shaken up. It was there 53-year-old Jocelyn Winfrey of New Haven came to visit a man named Hamilton Hicks.

On the property Hicks’ two American Bulldog mixes brutally attacked Winfrey and Hicks. Winfrey’s injuries were so extensive she passed away on Monday. Hicks is expected to recover.Related Content: New Haven woman dies after being attacked by two dogs

“A lot of people say they’re traumatized from seeing her (Winfrey), how her face looked,” said neighbor Lourdes Torres. “It’s really scary, I’m just glad my kids were not able to see that too.”

Officials with Animal Control tell News 8 they had never been to the home before. In fact, some neighbors, like Lourdes Torres, who lives directly across the street, say they didn’t even know Hicks had dogs.

“We never heard the dogs bark,” said Torres.

The two dogs responsible for Winfrey’s death are currently in the possession of New Haven Animal Control.Related Content: New Haven dogs involved in lethal mauling will be euthanized

“They don’t seem to like other people,” said Animal Control Officer Joseph Manganiello. “Very protective of their kennel areas, and they have some issues with aggression.

News of the attack has reached city hall. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says if anyone feels concerned because of a neighbor’s dog they should get in touch with police immediately.

“I’ve actually had that situation and contacted our district director,” said Mayor Harp. “They’ve gone in, they’ve talked with the family, and they’ve resolved the problem.”

The dogs involved in the attacks are scheduled to be euthanized next week. Officials with the animal control report Hicks isn’t trying to fight the move, neither are some of his neighbors.

“I think it’s very sad but it’s just something that I think, that’s what happens now, and I wish the best to the owner as well,” said neighbor, Maeghan Howard.

Hicks will not be charged in connection with the attack. Police say his dogs were owned lawfully on private property. Hicks will have to face a judge as he was found to have been in possession of crack cocaine.

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