NOVATO (BCN) – A woman and her dog were injured when two other dogs attacked them in unincorporated Novato Wednesday morning, but the attack could have been much worse if a good Samaritan did not intervene, the woman’s husband said.

The attack was reported at about 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Indian Valley and McClay roads, according to Carrie Harrington, spokeswoman for the Marin Humane Society.

The woman was walking her female Jack Russell terrier when two Chocolate Labradors without leashes approached and began sniffing the dog, Harrington said.

At some point the Labradors attacked the smaller dog, and when the woman tried to intervene, she was also bitten several times, Novato fire Capt. Bob Royer said.

The woman suffered “some pretty bad bites on her leg, a bite on her face, and a bite on her arm,” said Tony Silva, her husband.

Silva said Mike Baccei, an employee with the North Marin Water District, is to thank for preventing worse injury or even death to the woman and dog.

Baccei was working nearby and saw the dogs attack. He came over and “had to physically kick them off my wife,” Silva said.

“If he hadn’t come along, they would’ve killed my wife,” he said.

Silva’s wife was taken to the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. She has since been released and is recovering at home, he said.

The Jack Russell terrier was taken to the South Novato Animal Hospital to be treated for its injuries.

“The dog’s recovering,” Silva said. “It’s kind of touch and go.”

Marin County sheriff’s deputies responding to the attack were able to capture the two Labradors, Harrington said.

“They were in pursuit of them, and opened the door and the dogs hopped in the back of the car,” she said.

The dogs were taken to the Marin Humane Society where they will be held for at least 10 days, Harrington said.

The owners of the Labradors were identified and could face criminal charges “if the injured party goes that route” and files charges, Harrington said.

She declined to give out any details about the owners except that they live nearby in Novato.

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Comments (7)
  1. rs says:

    see, pit bulls aren’t the only breed to attack. my dog was attacked by a labrador at a dog park a few years ago. labs are very protective and have a higher attack rate than pit bulls but the media won’t cover those stories. i’m surprised they covered this one. i hope this lady and her little jack russell make a full recovery.

  2. Debs says:

    The picture for the Dog Attack caption needs to be removed. It leads the reader to belive only pit bull dogs attack which is not true!

  3. j says:

    Gotta love the picture of the “viscous” pittbull on the cover.. When it had nothing to do with one.. I LOVE my 2 pits.. Sweetest dogs ever..

  4. KYan says:

    While there have been a number of Pit Bull attacks and I would not encourage anyone without astute knowledge of Pit Bulls to ever own one, I still think this article is a ridiculous pile of BS just because of the BIG RED LETTERS “DOG ATTACK” over the head of a Pit Bull that looks aggressive. There were no Pit Bulls involved in this story.

    This is akin to a news story about a carjacking with a big picture of a black man holding a crowbar and a gun, labeled “CAR JACKING,”or a story about dangerous driving with a the big red title “DANGEROUS DRIVERS” over the picture of a 40-ish Asian woman behind the wheel of an automobile.

    Would there not be a problem with that?

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  5. Bloodhounds says:

    You never know. My Bloodhound, Basset Hound, and I were attacked by an akita mix a few years ago in my own front yard. I was bit in the hand and the woman that owned the dog had it trained to attack because she was growing weed in her house.

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