An 80-year-old woman was attacked by a pit bull, Friday evening, as she was walking her two Pomeranians in the 1300 block of East McGaffey Street.
According to her niece, Anna Renfro, the woman was knocked down and her 12-year-old Pomeranian, Duke, died trying to protect her from the pit bull’s attack. The second Pomeranian escaped, and when a neighbor saw the little dog running up the street, the person went to the woman’s aid. The vet says that the second dog may have well saved the woman’s life.
Renfro admitted that the pit bull was normally kept chained and her aunt paid no attention to the dog, but the pit bill got loose.
She said that the 80-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital and released some five hours later, after she had gone through X-rays to make sure she had no broken bones following her fall. The niece said her aunt suffered puncture wounds to her head and arms, possibly from the fall, and had bites on her legs. The victim received tetanus shots and will have to wait another 10 days before she learns if rabies shots are also required.
“She is very fragile. … I don’t know what this is going to do to her,” said Renfro.
The Animal Control officer caught the animal and asked Renfro’s aunt to identify the pit bull. The 80-year-old victim confirmed the identity of the dog. The officer said the pit bull will be quarantined and the owner cited or the dog will be put down.
“If cited, the owner could appear in court where the judge could return it to the owner,” Renfro explained
However, Animal Control records confirmed that the owner chose to release the pit bull to Animal Services; the dog will not be returned to its owner.
Renfro noted that without a citation: “If we want damages, we will have to go civil court.”