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Tacoma, Washington – Woman Injured After Getting Attacked by Two Dogs

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Posted on May 2, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (April 29, 2019) – An 83 year-old woman sustained  injuries after getting attacked by two dogs at the 4300 block of South Thompson Street around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. While the injuries were said to be non-life-threatening, she will be suffering permanent disfigurement from the attack. She was taken to the Tacoma General Hospital for treatment.

The victim, who was a resident of the area, was walking on the street when the two pitbull-mixes was said to have knocked her down and then bit her. The police believe the owner of the dogs also lives in the area, but was not home when the attack occurred. Additionally, the police have also stated that the owner has fled the area with the dogs. Investigation on the incident is still ongoing, and depending on the outcome the owner could face charges.

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We extend our sympathies and well wishes for the recovery the the victim of this case. Dog bites are a serious matter, involving a very painful and sometimes scarring experience for the persons involved. Injuries from dog bites can include amputation, disfigurement, and injuries to the neck, face, nerves and eyes. Unfortunately, over half of the reported dog bite victims are children, who may not be able to recognize the warning signs an aggressive animal might attack.

According to statistics from DogBites.org, from January 2005 to March 2018, the number one breed involved in fatal dog attacks on humans are pit bulls, the same breed of dog involved in this case.  Pit bulls account for more than half of the report with 284 cases, or 65.6% of all cases. It should be noted that each dog’s individual disposition differs even in the same breed, and it would be wise to be cautious around any dog one is not familiar with regardless of breed. People should not be deterred from getting a certain breed of dog, but it would do well for owners to be familiar with capability of the dog so as to be more able to be responsible for the dog.

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