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Two people viciously attacked by family pet

FLORENCE, Ky. (Sydney Benter) -- A family dog attacked and sent two people to the hospital.

It happened in Florence Thursday, August 28th, 2014, around 5a.m.  The vicious dog was put in the hands of Boone County Animal Control.  One of the people attacked was kept in the hospital. 

The victim who was released from the hospital, Kayla Lewis, told Local 12, "I was just asleep and Ben, he was just screaming, 'Please, please help me!'"

Lewis woke up to sheer terror Thursday morning.  She and her boyfriend Ben had been dog sitting for Ben's father.  She was not sure why her boyfriend decided to take the dog for a walk so early, but one thing was sure; the dog, Chops, suddenly attacked.

"I was terrified. I was like, 'I don't know if we're going to--it was scary," said Lewis.

Police tossed food into a room and were able to block the dog inside.  Officer Colleen Bray with Boone County Animal Control had to remove him.

"The animal is stressed as well and until you can really get it to calm down you're dealing with an animal that's quite upset," said Bray.

News of the attack spread throughout the apartment complex. A neighbor told Local 12 she was not usually too concerned about something like this happening.

"We've never had any problems here. Everybody is all leashed up," said Crystal Lutsch who lives nearby.

Lewis said her boyfriend's family had the dog for four years, "It took well to me, as well. I would take him on walks, he was very very sweet. If you didn't give him attention he'd nudge his head to get attention. So sweet. So sweet. That's why I'm in utter shock. I don't know what happened."

The dog will be quarantined here at the Boone County Animal Control office for 10 days. After that it's up to the owner to decide what happens next.  Lewis told Local 12 her boyfriend's father planned to euthanize the dog. 

She said she let the apartment's front office know that she and her boyfriend were dog sitting for the week.  Pit bulls aren't allowed at Trellises Apartments, but Lewis said she didn't realize the dog was part pit bull.

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