SAFETY HARBOR — A family had to stab one of its pit bulls to death Friday after it got loose and started to attack its owners, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Now a 45-year-old mother, Heidi Cooper, and her 14-year-old and 22-year-old daughters are being treated for dog bites and other non-life-threatening injuries at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Spencer Gross.
Deputies received a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. from 765 West Gate Drive in Safety Harbor.
The Sheriff's Office said the family had a known aggressive pit bull named Buster they kept separate from their other two pit bulls.
"At some point, Buster got out and started attacking the other two pit bulls," Gross said. "The mother and two daughters tried to intervene but Buster turned on them and bit them numerous times."
Gross said one of the daughters grabbed a knife and stabbed the dog to death.
The older daughter was identified as Sierra Wilson and the younger daughter as Meaghan Tokay.