A Connecticut girl narrowly escaped loss of life after she was delivered to the bottom and “completely mauled” by 4 massive mastiffs—all belonging to her.
Patty Collins, of the Terryville area of Plymouth, was attacked simply exterior her dwelling in Eastview Road Monday afternoon and is recovering from her wounds in a neighborhood hospital.
A neighbor who witnessed the mauling and known as 911 informed Fox61 News that they believed the girl was merely taking part in round with the canine earlier than realizing the severity of what was happening.
“I thought she was horsing around with them, but I didn’t realize she was screaming,” mentioned the 911 caller, who requested to not be named. “And, right now, I looked through a pair of binoculars. She looks like she’s torn up.”
Once officers arrived, they have been pressured to react rapidly and shoot on the canine whereas making an attempt to separate them from Collins, Sergeant Randy Foster of Plymouth police mentioned, reported WTNH News 8. One of the canine can be mentioned to have attacked an officer whereas serving to load Collins into an ambulance.
Sgt. Foster added that the measure was taken not solely to guard Collins, who’s in her 40s, but additionally to guard the encompassing space because the canine have been operating round whereas native faculty buses have been dropping youngsters dwelling.
“The animals weren’t secure right away, so we wanted to make sure with the school bus coming home,” Foster mentioned.
Three of the canine have been killed on the scene, whereas one other was taken to VCA Bristol Animal Hospital.
“Due to her serious injuries, the decision was made to euthanize her,” Dr. Robert Stone, a veterinarian for the hospital, informed Fox61 News.
Following the assault, Collins was taken to Waterbury Hospital and was transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital the place she stays.
Jacqueline Collins, the sufferer’s mom, mentioned: “They got her arms and they got down at the stomach.”
Megan Soucy, a niece of Patty Collins, added that she was nonetheless baffled as to why the assault occurred.
“I’ve slept over the house and I’ve had like three of them (mastiffs) on top of me,” she mentioned. “They’re super nice dogs. There’s no reason why that should’ve happened.”
Police mentioned that an investigation is ongoing, nevertheless it was not recognized right now what brought about the assault.
“It was a complete mauling,” Foster mentioned. “It appeared that four of the mastiffs that were there took part in the attack.”
The household is claimed to have owned six canine.