October 30, 2012
An 80-year-old east Texas woman was seriously injured following an attack she suffered from a pack of neighborhood dogs last week. According to KLTV 7 News, the incident occurred at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday along County Road 1113, outside Overton, Texas.
A spokesperson for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Vicki Penny, stated the woman was walking along the road after picking up her newspaper when she was cornered by a group a mixed breed dogs that were owned by a neighbor. The woman attempted to fight the five animals off, but she was overcome and suffered extensive Texas Dog Bite injuries to her arms legs and torso. Luckily though, a witness saw the attack and was able to fend the animals off in order to offer the woman assistance until rescue crews arrived to take the woman to a local hospital.
Doctors determined the woman’s leg injuries might prevent her from ever walking again, and her leg may have to be amputated.
Deputies say all the animals involved were put down and that charges against the owner of the animals may be filed at the conclusion of an investigation.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers say dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their animals are safe for others to be around or are properly secured at all times. Failure to do so could be considered negligence in the event of an attack.