Dog Attack Seriously Injures Woman in Safety Harbor


Dog Attack Seriously Injures Woman in Safety Harbor

Updated: November 24, 2017 – 8:50 p.m.

A mother and her two daughters were injured after they were attacked by their Pit Bull in Safety Harbor.  The incident occurred at about 4:07 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.

At about 4:07 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017, deputies were called to a residence regarding a report of a dog attacking the residents at 765 West Gate Drive in Safety Harbor.

When deputies arrived, they found 45-year-old Heidi Cooper and her daughter 14-year-old Meaghan Tokay suffering from multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to their extremities. Cooper’s other daughter, 22-year-old Sierra Wilson suffered from minor scratches. A deceased male Pit Bull dog was found lying in the front yard.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Cooper to Bayfront Medical for serious non-life threatening injuries. Tokay and Wilson were transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say the incident started when one of Cooper’s Pit Bulls, a male dog named Buster, got loose inside the home and started fighting with one of her other male Pit Bulls. Cooper and Tokay tried to intervene and stop the dogs from fighting when Buster turned and started attacking them.

Deputies say Cooper and Tokay were trying to fight off the dog when they were bitten numerous times. Cooper was seriously injured by the dog. Wilson witnessed the vicious attack and rushed to their aide stabbing the dog several times with a knife. The dog died shortly afterward.

A family member informed deputies that the dog was normally kept in a separate room because he was known for being aggressive.

Pinellas County Animal Services responded to the scene and took possession of the dog’s remains.


Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office along with crews from Safety Harbor Fire Department were dispatched to a home in Safety Harbor.

The call for service was at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017 in the 700 block of West Gate Drive.

At least one middle aged woman was declared a trauma alert and is currently enroute to the hospital with multiple bites.

Two other people were also transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Reports indicate the dog was also stabbed during the attack.

Animal Control was being notified of the incident.

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