UPDATED: Four Attacked by Pit Bulls in Lakeview

Dogs still on the loose.

Two pit bulls attacked four people in Lakeview Tuesday night and are still on the loose, according to Nassau County Police.

The first victim, a 16-year-old male, was walking on Parkside and Cedar Road around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 when two pit bulls -- one brown and the other black -- attacked him, police said. He suffered injuries to his left arm. 

Police said that 10 minutes later, the same two pit bulls attacked a 54-year-old woman who was walking on Pinebrook Avenue and Parkside Road. She also suffered injuries to her left arm.

At 6:50 pm, the two dogs attacked a third victim, a 24-year-old female, who was walking on Pinebrook Avenue and Tyler Road. She suffered injuries to her left leg and right arm.

The last attack occurred at 7:01 p.m., in front of 33 Clinton Ave. Officers said the two dogs attacked a 29-year-old woman, who suffered injuries to her face, left arm, right arm and left shoulder.

All the victims were transported to an area hospital to seek treatment for their injuries.

Speaking to News 12 outside her home Wednesday, one of the women attacked by the dogs, Kashina Sylvester, said she had been getting out of her car when suddenly she was approached by the dogs. 

"I said 'Go home' and all of sudden, I'm being mauled by two dogs ... They started biting at my jacket and then one chomped down on my thigh and I went down."

Sylvester was then bitten on her face, arms and shoulder.

An intensive area search for the dogs was coordinated and conducted Tuesday night utilizing Bureau of Special Operations Officers, Emergency Services Unit, Aviation Unit, Fourth Precinct Patrol Officers and Town of Hempstead Animal Control Officers, but they were unable to locate the dogs at this time.

Authorities returned to the area Wednesday morning to continue the search, which they said will not conclude until the dogs are found.

The dogs were both wearing collars. One still had a piece of chain attached to its collar. Officers request anyone who may have information regarding these dogs to contact the Fourth Precinct at (516) 573-6400.

This story was updated at 3:41 p.m. on Feb. 13.

adam wyant February 14, 2013 at 03:24 AM
look up the facts
Lisa Ashley February 14, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Unfortunately the dogs will suffer the human irresponsibilty that caused this. this again, in ahuman irrespnsibility issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fine and sanction the owners. send them to jail.
Lisa Ashley February 14, 2013 at 03:47 AM
16 is not a child. childood ends at 10
Lisa Ashley February 14, 2013 at 03:48 AM
abused dogs get abused again by the system. punish the owners!
Lisa Ashley February 14, 2013 at 03:49 AM
i'd prefer they just put down the owners. victims of abuse should not be murdered.
Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) February 14, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Days like today are very sad for victims on all sides of the issue. Our hearts go out to the human victims and we wish them a speedy recovery. Our hearts also go out to the poor dogs who must have been chained and abused for them to get like this. Just like humans, love a dog and she will grow up loving. Torture a dog and she will grow up tortured. If you want justice, and if you want to prevent this from happening again, don’t blame the dogs. Blame the people who taught them this is life, educate your neighbors, and report any evidence of dog-fighting to both the police and the Humane Society of the United States at 1-877-TIP-HSUS. (There is a $5,000 reward for the latter.) To do more in your community about this issue, please see http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dogfighting/tips/dogfighting_action.html or message us at http://www.facebook.com/LIONature.
amullin February 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM
The dogs may not have been tortured. Don't assume this. There have been numerous dog attacks on humans and many of those animals show no sign of abuse. Pitbull are breed to take down small animals, It's in their nature. Human's have breed them to do so. Once lose and out on their own and not under their owners control they went wild. This breed needs to die out, there not safe and can't be trusted. Thank God those people weren't mauled to death.
Timmy Jones February 14, 2013 at 01:54 PM
If the police dont shoot the dogs, the dogs should be put to sleep once caught.
Timmy Jones February 14, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Finally a post calling for the elimination of Pitt Bulls. Its about time these dogs are either banned or let the breed die out.
Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) February 14, 2013 at 06:58 PM
We are very sorry to hear your very ill-informed assumptions about pit bull terriers. I believe those of us who've raised such dogs in loving homes and studied them professionally have a very different and much less prejudiced picture. The United Kennel Club describes the American Pit Bull Terrier as having "strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable." This does not sound at all like the dogs you are describing. Through our work, we have come across very aggressive labs and very docile pit bulls, and vice versa. The common denominator between aggressive dogs has always been abusive or ill-educated owners and the common denominator between docile dogs has always been very loving guardians. There is enough prejudice in the world already. Please don't extend this horrible human practice to dog breeds as well.
Phillip Moore February 14, 2013 at 07:37 PM
@LION While I understand the ogic of your points I am sure the people who were attacked do not agree. I know many people have probably seen roaming packs of daschounds or toy poodles atck and maul people but have never said anything. Many people probably know that ost drug people have trained Shi-Tzu's to violents protect their turf and have kept quiet aout it. And we can't forget the beagle dog fighting rings that are protected and not named by the liberal media. Yes Pitt Bulls are vilent dogs.
Rebecca Jalinos February 14, 2013 at 09:28 PM
It is unfortunate to see so many bias and uneducated comments. I myself had been mauled by a dog as a child - 7 scars, almost blind and paralyzed from the incident. The dog was an Irish setter (whom might I add is a breed considered to be docile and great with children). Like people, dogs are very much a product of their environment. LION said it best - "The common denominator between aggressive dogs has always been abusive or ill-educated owners and the common denominator between docile dogs has always been very loving guardians". We need to enforce the laws against dog fighting rather than prejudice against this breed. PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED!
phil from lynbrook February 15, 2013 at 01:34 AM
waste of tine to respond to your usual silly comments.
Ivan Ivanovich February 15, 2013 at 02:09 AM
I thought pit bull was a Spanish rapper
Ivan Ivanovich February 15, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Who let the dogs out
Amanda Marie February 15, 2013 at 03:47 AM
While the dogs may have attacked these humans, it is the dogs owners who are to blame not the dogs. Pit bulls are just as capable of being loving dogs as any other dogs. They are simply much stronger than many other dog breeds and so they are the choice dog for fighting. The dogs owners have shown these dogs nothing but hate and so they reacted the way they did to these other people. It is not the dogs fault.
Amanda Marie February 15, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Thanks for commenting, Adam, and thanks for owning a pit! They deserve love and are just as capable of loving as any other dog breed!
Amanda Marie February 15, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Total agree with you RJ! I really appreciate you speaking out and saying this, especially since you know this first hand.
Jacqueline Oliveri-Spatz February 15, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I feel the owners truly need to be punished... Believe me... If they found out who owns these dogs it's not going to be grandma up the block!!! These dogs were definitely trained to attack!!! I am a proud pitbull owner and advocate for the breed and can tell you right now, if my dog got out, he would not be running the town attacking people!!! I can guarantee you this dogs did not come from a happy life... These dogs escaped a life of misery and they are running frantic doing what they were trained to do!!!!
Jacqueline Oliveri-Spatz February 15, 2013 at 05:49 AM
@phillip Moore.... Pitbulls are not born violent dogs!!! They are taught to be violent by lowlifes that unfortunately live amongst us!!!! They are strong dogs but not natural born killers... I can bet my life that these two dogs were owned by dog fighters or dogfighter wannabes or just a POS who abuses his dog to make him aggressive to protect his stash of drugs or feel like a tough guy!!! Like I said before... These dogs weren't family pets of a respectful neighborhood family!!!! They are the same people raising children who grow up to be hoodlums!!! They need to go down and nothing will change if nothing changes!!! As long as everyone turns there heads and never calls in a tip to authorities when they see something suspicious, these waste of life, poor excuses of human beings will continue abusing these animals and puting the public at risk... It's sad because this breed makes an amazing family pet when in a NORMAL family environment!!!!
John Fusco February 15, 2013 at 02:40 PM
These dogs need to be destroyed immediately.
Lincoln Washington February 15, 2013 at 03:33 PM
So when these two dogs are caught they should be delivered to your home for rehabilitation?
Rebecca Jalinos February 15, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Every situation is different. Some dogs can be rehabilitated, and others cannot. Seven of Michael Vic's pits have Canine Good Citizen Certificates and three are therapy dogs in hospitals and children’s literacy programs. I am by no means saying this will always be the case, but it does show what a little love and responsibility can do in many cases. Let's all wait and find out what the whole story is before we turn this into a witch hunt.
Joe February 16, 2013 at 01:20 AM
As someone who has two pits of his own, I can tell you that my boys are sweet, docile animals. They are now eight and six years old and not only love meeting new people, but love meeting other dogs. A baby is more violent than my pooches and I can tell you that's because they were brought up in a loving home. I have had multiple breeds of dogs, including a German Sheppard/Lab mix, who constantly snapped at my kids, even though they grew up with her. I also have had a lab/hound mix who was the sweetest girl, but nowhere near as sweet as my pitties.
Joe February 16, 2013 at 01:20 AM
(Continued) In my line of work, I have seen many animals, mostly pits, that have had to be culled in shelters when they were perfectly adoptable. Because of criminals that engage in drug rings and force this breed to fight, pit bulls have been severely overlooked in shelters. These people, the ones that owned these pits, are most likely the people who bring drugs into our neighborhoods, who sell them to our kids, and who skyrocket the crime rate. Dogs that become aggressive toward strangers are most likely those belonging to these criminals and know nothing more than "humans hurt me." They are scared animals running away from interactions with us, with chains still attached to their collars. I can tell you right now, the fact that these dogs got away from ripping themselves off a chain means something- they are backyard dogs, who receive no love. They are most likely left outside to fend for themselves, which is illegal in the state of NY.
Joe February 16, 2013 at 01:26 AM
My pits are more well behaved than my old dogs, a lab/hound and a German Sheppard/lab... Don't blame the breed for a human's mistake. That's the equivalent to racial-profiling in humans.
Joe February 16, 2013 at 01:27 AM
With time and love, any animal can be rehabilitated, just like any abused human.
Joe February 16, 2013 at 01:30 AM
"Culling" would be the term for putting down the owners. "Euthanasia" would be putting them out of their misery, which should be a long sentence in prison. The dogs, however, should be evaluated for rehabilitation. With the correct person, a lot of love, and a lot of patience, the dogs can be loving and adopted.
Jacqueline Oliveri-Spatz February 16, 2013 at 08:16 AM
@lincoln Washington.... Your response does not make sense!!! I'm not a trainer or an animal behaviorist and never claimed to be... I'm a responsible dog owner! My point which you clearly missed is that the bastards who trained the dogs to attack like this need to be held responsible as their dogs were the gun and they basically pulled the trigger in these attacks!!! My boy lives with cats and ferrets and never attempts to harm them... I can sit with him in my yard and a squirrel runs by and he just watches without leaving my side... Why? Because I taught him to be that way... People who own vicious pitbulls egg them on to attack other animals and people and being a breed that's main goal in life is to please it's master, they do what's asked of them!!!
chris Bella February 18, 2013 at 03:14 PM
How many people have to get hurt by these animals?Its like having a lion or a wolf.


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