Owner charged for vicious dog attack in Hampton


by 13News Now


Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 4:40 AM

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4:40 p.m. UPDATE: The Hampton Police Division has charged the owner of two vicious dogs that are responsible for attacking five people Monday. 

The owner of the canines, Eyvette Fitzgerald, 58, has been issued summonses for two counts of Canines at Large while Attacking, one count of Failure to Obtain a Dog License and one felony count of Possession of a Vicious Canine.


HAMPTON -- Multiple people, including an officer, were bitten by two pit bulls in Hampton on Monday, police tweeted around noon.

According to police, an officer who was attacked and bitten, shot and killed one of the dogs. The other dog was secured by animal control and officers and is now in quarantine.

Police said five victims were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Police told 13News Now the dogs initially attacked a mail carrier.  When two people tried to help they were also bitten.

The dogs are not strays and live in a home on Bell Street, police said.  They aren't sure how the dogs got out of their house.  It is unclear whether the dogs have vaccinations or licenses. 

Bassett Elementary School was briefly placed on lockdown during the incident.

Hampton Police tweeted around 11:30 a.m. that officers and animal control were responding to a vicious dog in the 600 block of Bell Street.

Police warned people in the area to stay indoors and avoid the area.

Around 15 minutes later, police tweeted that the dog was secured and the school was taken off lockdown.