SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – Several people have been attacked by a group of dogs, leaving one person as a trauma alert, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened on Mayflower Road, near Upton Street and Lamison Avenue, in Spring Hill.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the attack lasted for five to seven minutes after four dogs attacked a woman. Numerous people attempted to stop the attack but were unable to get the dogs to stop attacking the woman. Neighbors used pieces of gutter, sticks, a lawn chair, to no avail, in an effort to remove the dogs from the victim.
Kathy Gillespie could hear dogs barking outside next to her home. It happens often, she says the dogs next door often are barking and never on a leash.
“These dogs went into a pack like mentality and were almost eating this woman alive,” said Gillespie.
She says her neighbor’s injuries were horrific.
“Her leg was bitten down to the bone and her ear was ripped straight off” said Gillespie.
Aaron Green joined his neighbor to help. He says when they got to the victim, he could see things were bad.
“I saw the woman on the floor, she had wounds on her legs, blood from top to bottom,” said Green.
Another neighbor Chris Elliott says these dogs have been allowed to run free and essentially terrorize the neighborhood.
“Can’t walk your dog here. There are a couple guys who have big dogs, shepherds, and stuff, they don’t seem to mind but everyone knows to be real cautious,” Elliott said.
The victim was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition due to her extensive injuries. Multiple people who attempted to intervene were also bitten by the dogs.
Deputies say the person responsible for the dogs was able to get them back inside the residence.
Animal enforcement officers say seven dogs were removed from the home on Mayflower Road and it is believed four to five dogs were involved in the attack. The dogs were taken to Hernando County Animal Services.
According to deputies, the woman was playing in her backyard when the attack occurred, the dogs were able to escape their own home due to a slider-door not being closed properly. The dogs were able to push open the slider and charge at the woman and smaller dog.
The sheriff’s office says when the woman bent down to pick up and protect her dog was when she was attacked.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says they are now investigating to see if criminal charges will be filed against the dog’s owner.
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