ELDERLY OLYMPIA WOMAN ATTACKED, BADLY INJURED BY
PACK OF DOGS
March 07, 2016
(OLYMPIA, WA.) -- It was a brutal, vicious attack upon an elderly woman. A woman who was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Sunday night with life-threatening injuries after being set upon and mauled by a pack of dogs.
U.S. sailors conduct a military working dog demonstration at DIEGO GARCIA, British Indian Ocean Territory. Official U.S. Navy Photo. MV3 Caine Storino/U.S. Navy Photographer/U.S. Marine Corps.
The attack, by up to four dogs, occurred between 5pm and 6 pm Sunday evening when the woman, in her 90's, stopped in to visit a neighbor's home in the Scott Lake community, according to a report by KIRO-TV in Seattle.
The neighbor was not at home but returned to the house as the dogs were attacking the visitor inside the residence. The neighbor intervened and then called for medical help.
The elderly woman was flown to Harborview with severe injuries to her head and arms, according to the TV report .
It was not immediately known what breed the dogs were or why they would attack the woman. Another broadcast report, by KOMO-TV in Seattle said the dogs were "all varieties of Pit bull mixes and ranged from juvenile to adult in ages."
The sheriff's office said Animal Control services responded to the scene to assist with possible quarantine of the dogs.
Last year pit bulls contributed to 82% (28) of the total recorded deaths from dog attacks in this country, according to stats posted by dogsbite.org. The website says that is the highest fatality count on record for the breed.
In the same year, 2015, the combination of pit bulls and Rottweilers contributed to 91% of all dog bite-related fatalities in America.
Other stats from dogsbite.org:
~ In the 11-year period from 2005 to 2015, pit bulls killed 232 Americans. That's about one citizen every 17 days.
~ By 2018, pit bulls are projected to maul 338 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.
~ In 2013, over one-third, 38%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting the dog owner's home or living temporarily with the dog's owner when the fatal attack occurred.
~ A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.