New Cassel man recovering after pit bull attack

Police say three pit bulls ran from an open gate and attacked a man who was shielding the dogs from his daughter in New Cassel.

Three pit bulls escaped through an open gate

Three pit bulls escaped through an open gate and attacked the victims, officials say. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

NEW CASSEL - The owner of three pit bulls who attacked a man and his nephew blames one of the victims for the mauling.

Family members say a 44-year-old New Cassel man was walking his daughter home from the school bus stop when three pit bulls escaped from an open gate. They say the dogs chased him onto his lawn, but he managed to get his 6-year-old daughter inside before he was knocked to the ground and mauled by the three pit bulls.

Then, family members say the victim's 16-year-old nephew ran out of the house to help his uncle, who was fighting for his life. The teenager was bit once and is OK, but his uncle is recovering in the hospital after undergoing surgery for severe wounds to his arms, legs and chest.

Envyanna Duvivier, one of the dogs' owners, blames the victim for showing fear while trying to protect his daughter and says he should have been more cautious.

"You're not supposed to run from a pit bull, you're just supposed to walk," Duvivier says.

Duvivier and her 17-year-old sister Nyisha Banks were both arrested and charged with reckless endangerment following the attack. They are due back in court later this month.

Meanwhile, the dogs were taken to a local animal shelter. Their owners say they were never vaccinated.

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