Harrowing Details Emerge in Wilton Dog Mauling

An eyewitness said, "It took me like six seconds to realize what was under the car was a human being, because I'd never seen a human being in that condition before. She was crying out, 'Help me, it's killing me. Help me. My arm.'"

Eyewitness and neighbor, William D'arbanville, described the moments police shot the dog that mauled neighbor of Anne Murray described how police shot the dog who mauled Anne Murray at 77 Range Rd in Wilton on Monday. Credit Leslie Yager
Eyewitness and neighbor, William D'arbanville, described the moments police shot the dog that mauled neighbor of Anne Murray described how police shot the dog who mauled Anne Murray at 77 Range Rd in Wilton on Monday. Credit Leslie Yager
Written by Leslie Yager
Disturbing details are emerging following Monday's mauling of 65-year-old Anne Murray of 77 Range Road in Wilton by a pet pit bull that was later shot and killed by Wilton Police.

During a press briefing at Wilton Police Headquarters, Lt. Donald Wakeman said earlier this week the victim had been hiding under a car that had been parked in the driveway when police arrived.

Wakeman said that Murray had been transported by Wilton EMS to Norwalk Hospital after the incident. He added that the victim had lost one arm and part of the other arm in the attack and is in ICU in stable condition.

Wakeman said that Murray lived with her twin 26-year old sons but was alone in the home with the dog at the time of the attack. Wakeman said the dog was two years old and that the sons had owned the dog for most of the last two years.   

According to Wakeman, there had been complaints to Wilton Animal Control about the dog roaming in July and August, but nothing to indicate aggression.

According to Wakeman, Wilton Police Captain Lynch arrived on the scene of the incident just after a Wilton Animal Control officer. 

"He dispatched the dog after he saw the injured party and factored that the dog was not allowing emergency personnel up the driveway," Wakeman said. "He dispatched the dog at an angle that would not put the victim at risk."

Outside the Murray residence Tuesday afternoon around 1:00p.m. William D'arbanville, who lives close by at Holly Place spoke with Patch. 

D'arbanville said he was headed from Wilton to college at WCSU, when the incident happened, adding that he had never met Murray or her sons and that on Monday he had been headed to school but had turned around to get his cell phone when he noticed a samaritan stopped on Range Road.

"A dog walks out from in front of her car and I thought it was a neighborhood dog. When she got out of her car, she yelled 'Call the police.' She had gotten out of her car but the dog was coming at her, biting at her."

"I yelled at her to get back in her car. And basically we didn't want to get out of our cars...but we had our windows down. Then I looked over to the driveway. It took me like 6 seconds to realize what was under the car was a human being, because I'd never seen a human being in that condition before. She was crying out, 'Help me, it's killing me. Help me. My arm.'" 

D'arbanville  said he didn't know what to do as the dog grew increasingly frantic in the minutes before police arrived. "But then the police came. The response time was fantastic. About 3-1/2 minutes after she called."   

"The woman was in a state of disarray, just crying out, crying out," D'arbanville said. "When the police officer pulled up, the first samaritan was yelling 'Shoot it Shoot it.'"
"Four shots from here," D'arbanville said, pointing to the spot where Captain Lynch shot the dog four times. "He positioned himself here because he didn't want to risk hitting her," D'arbanville added, referring to Murray.

D'arbanville described how Captain Lynch, after having shot the dog four times, conferred with another officer who had arrived on the scene.

"'I need one more,' D'arbanville described Captain Lynch as saying. "And the other officer said, 'Do it.' Then he mercy shot the dog at point blank to put him out of his pain," D'arbanville, said.

"The cop (Captain Lynch) said he was sorry for what I'd seen, but I said 'No you did exactly what you had to do,' D'arbanville said.

"They said they were going to cut the dogs head off and have it tested for rabies.  It was the most terrifying animal I've ever seen," D'arbanville concluded, looking shaken despite a day having passed since the incident.

D'arbanville said when an officer came out of the house after searching inside, "The other cop asked what he was searching for and he said 'Evidence,' and that when he was asked what he found and, he replied, 'pieces...fingers'  and the other cop said go back in and grab them because the hospital might want them."  

According to Wakeman, rabies tests take approximately two days. A call to the Murray residence from Patch was not answered. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 
supernus December 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
No joke.
Dierdre 21 December 05, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Ellen, the problem is that we can't tell which pitbulls are unstable. If there was a sure test, then we could go down that road. But without being able to know the good pitbulls from the bad, trouble follows. Dog rescuers as well as innocent people are being killed. There is too much risk involved when guessing about any particular pitbull's mental health. This is why we don't allow people to have pet tigers or other potentially vicious animals. Would you be happy if your neighbor had a pet tiger, if the neighbor "assured" you the tiger is "so sweet".
Bestiarius December 06, 2013 at 11:26 AM
"I am a lawyer." Perhaps the funniest thing ever written on Patch. Ellen, you've come up with a great idea. Lets make pitbulls exotic wild animals. They are certainly as potentially dangerous as a lion. Put them in the same category as coyotes or wolves. It's hard for me to understand how you can advocate anything when you call people that you don't even know morons, etc.
Dierdre 21 December 06, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Yet another pit bull attack this week. A 7 year old girl in SC mauled by two pitbulls. The girl lived. The fate of the pitbulls has yet to be decided. But what grabbed me was the quote about the owner of the pitbulls. "The dogs' owner, Terrill Ramsey, Jr. said his dogs didn't do anything wrong. " The pitbulls didn't do anything wrong? Mauling a little girl doesn't qualify as doing something wrong? We need to stop pitbulls because they are vicious. And my new call to arms, pitbull owners need to also be stopped.
Bestiarius December 06, 2013 at 09:41 PM
The kids can get new dogs, perhaps breeds that don't enjoy attacking people. And don't bother providing photos of pit bulls. I have no interest in clicking on your links. Every photo I've seen only demonstrates the power and sturdy builds that make these dogs capable of killing. I didn't have much of an opinion of pit bulls until I saw one in action at a public park. If you saw that attack, you probably wouldn't be so obsessed with supporting pit bulls.
Sue December 06, 2013 at 11:06 PM
The tone of some of these comments is startling. Let's not forget that a woman had her arms gnawed off right here in Wilton. Another attack occurred in Southington a few weeks later. These attacks are so frequent they barely make news. Meanwhile, the bear mauling down in FL made national headlines.
Dierdre 21 December 06, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Ellen, do you wish harm to come to me?
Dierdre 21 December 07, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Another day, another pitbull attack story in the news. This is more of a human interest type story, giving some insight as to the type of people who own pitbulls. It's an unbelievable read. Pit bull owners should have their own reality TV show. It would be better than Duck Dynasty. Quote: "I had a tendon sticking out of one of my arms... the inner stitches are sticking out. My thumb was ripped open, and he fractured the bone. He chewed me up. Pit bulls, once they bite you, they keep going for you.” This is from the father of the owner. But he is not angry. He still loves the pitbull. Luckily for the rest of us, the dog has been euthanized. -------------- http://www.jconline.com/article/20131206/NEWS03/312060034/Pit-bull-keith-balser-attack-corey
Dierdre 21 December 07, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I'm going to make an addendum to my last post. The reason this story surfaced is that a few days ago this same pitbull attacked an innocent old lady walking past the house. This was the third attack by this pitbull in a year. The most chilling part, the old lady describes being mauled, when the owner came out, he pushed the dog off of her.... and then put the dog in his car and drove off. He left an old lady bleeding on the sidewalk. He didn't help her at all. This is an example of a pitbull owner. A rare occurrence? Read this thread - how many times did the pitbull owners tell me to go drink anti-freeze? Pitbulls must be banned and any politician who stands in the way will have to explain why he supports these kinds of people. ---------- http://www.jconline.com/article/20131204/NEWS/312040027/Pit-bull-put-down-owner-charged-dog-pulled-me-ground-victim-says
Bestiarius December 08, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Yes Ellen, they can get new dogs. You buy dogs just like pants. They are a thing you own, and in some countries, you eat them for dinner. Ellen, you seem confused. I didn’t attack you or anyone. You’re the one doing the attacking as noted by the vile things you’ve said about me. Why not just stick to the topic as I'm doing - the excessive danger pit bulls represent to innocent people. I’m not advocating taking all pit bulls away from responsible people who own them. I believe they should be legally phased out as pets. Existing pit bulls would require neutering. After the life span of the existing dogs is exceeded, the problem would be solved. In the meantime, tighter controls on existing dogs would be required, muzzles, strict supervision, the owner accepting liability for damage done by their dog. There is nothing inherently lovable about a pit bull that would prevent a person from gaining satisfaction from a less dangerous pet. BTW, I have no desire to look at cute photos of pit bulls. It's not their looks that I object to, it’s their ability to kill or maim that is my objection.
Dierdre 21 December 09, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Pitbull attack, yesterday, Orlando. Six year old girl mauled when two pitbulls in neighbor's yard jump fence. How many more people have to get hurt before we do something about these vicious animals? My lord, a woman's arms were chewed off. Wasn't that enough? No? You want me to keep posting a new attack every day? It's not hard to find these stories, everyday there is another attack somewhere. This is ridiculous. Ban these beasts. ------------ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-pit-bulls-attack-girl-20131209,0,638139.story
Deirdre 43 December 09, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Why should I lose everything? I'm not being subsidized by the taxpayers. You see the difference? At least one rescue shelter I know of is being subsidized by taxpayers. I don't think taxpayers should be enabling pitbulls to get adopted. It's bad enough that people get attacked. It rises to a new disturbing level when taxpayers are unwittingly enabling these attacks by subsidizing a shelter. Enough. Ban this vicious dog! And we need to stop subsidizing rescue shelters.
Deirdre 43 December 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
PS - And stop banning my Patch ID. What purpose does that serve? I just get another ID. Unless you tell me I'm breaking the rules. Explain that to me so I can make changes. But I don't think it's that. I think someone keeps banning me because they don't like my opinion. Live in America long? See the kind of people pitbull lovers are?
Deirdre 43 December 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Why do you make so many insults? Is this what all pitbull lovers are like? I'm growing very concerned that you own a vicious breed of dog. Would you ever have your dog attack people you don't like, people like me?
Bestiarius December 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Ellen writes insults because she has nothing worthwhile to say. Probably best to ignore her. She obviously thinks her pitbulls are more important than people. There is no possibility of communicating with that type of person. She went batty when I suggested the family that owned killer pitbulls could get new dogs of a better breed after the dogs were euthanized.
Deirdre 43 December 09, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Ellen, I see many of your posts have now been deleted. Can I ask why?
RED4 December 10, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Can we please move on from this topic?
Deirdre 43 December 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM
I can't move on until pitbulls are banned and innocent people stop getting hurt. Interesting, today Bermuda renewed its vow to rid the island nation of pibulls after four new attacks in the past week. Entire nations are trying to get rid of this menace. We need to do the same. =========== www.bermudasun.bm/Content/Default/Latest-News/Article/-Pit-bulls-are-on-the-banned-list-for-a-reason----Minister/-3/1297/72871
Deirdre 43 December 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Also, I can't get Ellen's post out of my head. =================== To: Ignorant Patch posters regarding profiling and baseless discrimination against pit bulls. From: Tireless Advocates Kiss-a Bully-Rescue Shaleen "I was walking out of the vet with my sweet pit bull Diesel and some dumb bitch picks up your dog and looks at my dog and looks at my dog and says "I'm scared of it" I'm so sick and tired of this breed discrimination and complete ignorance. I wish it was legal to euthanize stupid people!" Here, here!!! ============ PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID OF PITBULLS SHOULD BE KILLED? Why do we have laws helping pitbull owners, they want the rest of us dead.
RED4 December 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Neither side is going to convince the other in an emotional issue like this! I have grown up with dogs all my life and actually prefer there company to most people I know, that being said I have never owned a pit bull but I do believe that if the owners were punished for their dogs actions it would help eliminate the idiots that do own and mistreat them. No need to punish the responsible pit bull owners by taking their dog away.
Deirdre 43 December 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Actually.... I'm not trying to convince the pitbull owners of anything. I post so the more pleasant residents of Wilton can see what kind of people the pitbull owners are. See all their insults, their threats. They say they want to bring their dogs by my house and harass me. Totally illegal. They want me to drink anti-freeze because my opinion is different from theirs. They think we should be killed for disagreeing with them. These are pitbull owners. The misguided Connecticut law that stops anti-pitbull legislation - it is protecting these people and their dogs. They want people to die, and we have laws that help them. It's not right and I want good people to see it so that one day our democratic process will get the law changed.
Ellen December 13, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Thanks, Steve, you must drink the water of Wilton, too!
Ellen December 13, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Hey Deirdre... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003849/Boy-3-left-horrific-facial-injuries-Labrador-savages-Poole-Harbour.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004206/Cameron-Whithers-8-lucky-alive-Border-Collie-mauls-head.html
steve halloren December 13, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Not a personal attack there, as per your definition. LOL.
Bestiarius December 17, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Ellen, I'm glad there is something for you to be proud of. Regarding your advocacy efforts, why not advocate for the many dogs that are not easily capable of killing? Aren't the other breeds worth saving?
Deirdre 43 December 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Another day, another vicious attack. This time in Cincinnati. 73 year old woman mauled while walking in her neighborhood. Witness said, "If I hadn't gotten there when I got there, and called police it's possible the dogs would've killed her. It was that bad. They would've killed." We need to ban these dogs once and for all. ========== http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/roselawn/bulah-shaef-pit-bull-attack-sarah-guerrant-discusses-witnessing-horrible-event
Deirdre 43 December 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Or maybe it was a bear and the pitbull is being wrongly accused......
Bestiarius December 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM
RED4 why is it necessary to attack someone instead of making your point. Can you provide a source for the story you wrote about?
Ellen December 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Thank you, RED4, and you as well. As I've stated earlier and was most likely lost on deaf ears - for every bad story there are 10 good ones about the dogs' intelligence, loyalty, and willingness to die protecting their human family. They are resilient and affectionate after extreme abuse and I'm preaching to the choir. Write on, RED4, write on!
RED4 December 19, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Very quiet?


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