A pit bull named Scarface viciously attacked its owner after she tried to put an ugly Christmas sweater on the pet, police and family said.
The dog attacked Brenda Guerrero, 54 (inset pictured), in the arm and attacked two other family members in the backyard of their Tampa, Fla., home on Friday, Tampa police said.
Guerrero’s granddaughter, Tina Harris, told the New York Daily News that she underwent surgery Friday and is recovering from her wounds at Tampa General Hospital.
Harris described her grandmother as a dog lover and said she never noticed the dog acting aggressively toward her grandmother.
Guerrero reportedly suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries, according to local authorities. Her husband, Ismael Guerrero, 46, and son, Antonio Harris, 22, tried to stop the dog but were both attacked.
The couple’s son reportedly stabbed Scarface in the head and neck with a knife, in order to stop the attack according to WABC-TV.
The family managed to escape, leaving Scarface in the backyard. The dog then entered the home where two children were inside. Animal Control responded to the scene and used a stun gun to subdue the pit bull, capturing it with a catch pole.
Animal experts advise pet owners not to put human clothing on dogs because it may cause overheating. But people don’t listen, and when animals attack as the result, owners can’t understand.