LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A pit bull-mix dog is in containment in the Lufkin Animal Services facility after it attacked an 11-year-old North Lufkin girl and a police officer called to deal with the aggressive dog.
Essie Ashworth lives in the 900 block of James Avenue. On Tuesday Ashworth said she asked her daughter—also named Essie—to take the trash receptacle from street to the back of their home.
"She got here [at the back of the home], but the dog had come around here and attacked her from all the way over here," Ashworth said walking about 20 feet from her backdoor. "And she ran around. And she was a screaming and a hollering."
"I tried to block it with the trash can and then I ran in circles," little Essie said with a soft voice. "They said, 'Come over here Essie.' And then my mom came out and tried to get me."
Little Essie says she was bitten on her ankle. Her mom says she got upset. She claims she has asked her neighbor repeatedly to restrain her dog, especially since their two homes share the same backyard. There is no fencing or any barrier to separate the two yards.
"I said, 'My daughter has every right to the backyard because this is our back yard.' I said then OK. If you want it like that, So, I'll call the laws,"
Ashworth recalled. And she took that action and call Lufkin Police Department. Officer Quintin McClure, who's been on the force since April 2014 but joined the patrol division in December, arrived at the Ashworth's home. He said she escorted him to the backyard.
Meanwhile, according to Ashworth's nephew and his mother, this dog has attacked before. 13-year-old Kevon Williams said he was attacked in June while at his aunt's house while playing football in the front yard.
"They dog came up and attacked me," Williams said about the attack that he said happened in early June. "I tried to run but the lady came outside and got the dog off of me."
His mother Comishea Walker said the dog's owner didn't do anything to restrain her dog.
When I saw the dog attack my baby I just jumped out there and was screaming because I was afraid," Ms. Walker recalled. "And I asked her, '[are] you going to come and get your dog?!' And she was just standing there like she didn't want to do nothing."