A pit bull went on a biting spree in a Phoenix neighborhood Tuesday after the dog's owner allegedly ordered the pooch to attack her neighbor during an argument.
The pit bull didn't go after the neighbor, instead attacking five people on the street, one as young as 12 years old.
The owner's defense: She didn't think the dog was a pit bull.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, police responded to the neighborhood on the 2100 block of West Sunnyside Drive, after getting a call about nearly everyone on the street getting attacked by the mutt.
A woman told police she had a problem with Aparicio's 10-year-old kid breaking her window a couple of weeks ago and went to Aparicio's house to discuss it.
As the woman went to talk to 35-year-old Maria Aparicio, Aparicio responded with foul language and dropped the N-word on her, according to court documents.
Aparicio then told the 10-year-old kid to "release the dog" on the woman and yelled "get them" when the youngster opened the gate, according to the documents.
Turns out, the dog apparently considered "them" to be all the people on the street, while the court documents state the victim punched Aparicio in the face.
The dog attacked five people, between the ages of 12 and late 30s, biting them in the chest, arm, and/or leg.
The victims told police they were trying to get the dog to stop attacking people, and one 12-year-old kid holding a 1-year-old baby tripped and fell trying to run away from the dog.
The dog was eventually corralled by Aparicio, who later told police her son released the dog for "unk[nown] reasons," the court documents state.
She said she had no idea her dog was attacking people in the street and that it was difficult to round up the "vicious" mutt, according to the documents. Also, Aparicio told police, she thought the dog was a boxer.
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Everyone else present told police they were pretty sure the dog was a pit bull. They corroborated the neighbor's story that Aparicio ordered her son to release the dog and yelled "get them."
Animal control officers -- it took two of them -- controlled the dog and took it away.
A few people were treated by fire personnel, but no one was hospitalized. Three of the victims requested that Aparicio be prosecuted.
That was enough to jail Aparicio on three charges, including two counts of aggravated assault with serious physical injury, and one count of aggravated assault on a minor. The dog, defined as a "pitbull/mutt" by police, is considered a weapon in the court documents.