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Port Richey woman recovering after pit bulls attack

Pasco County

PORT RICHEY, Fla (WFLA) Charity Soto still can’t walk and she wonders when she’s going to get out of the hospital.  She’s been bed ridden since last Tuesday, when two pit bulls attacked her on Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey.

“I just remember flashes. I don’t know. I just didn’t think it would ever end.” said Soto from her room at Bayonet Regional Medical Center. “It was bad. It was bad.”

Soto was on her way to an appointment on Tuesday morning when she spotted the two pit bulls circling a man walking his dog. She got out of her car and tried to help and that’s when the dogs set their sights on her.  

“All I remember is running back across the street and the next thing I know I’ve got this dog tearing my leg apart and I’m trying to push it off,” said Soto. “There’s a fractured bone in my left leg. They tore apart my arm.”

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report, the dogs’ owner, David Wardell Anderson Jr, lives at 7310 Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey.  Anderson turned the dogs, names Diesel and Ladybug over to Pasco County Animal Services where they are slated to be euthanized.

Anderson told deputies the dogs had been in the fenced backyard and he “had no idea how they got out.”  He also told investigators he wanted to give the dogs up because they had attacked people before.

Soto is upset at the number of dogs she sees roaming the streets and wishes pet owners would be more responsible. “People are not taking care of their pets. And it’s not their fault. I don’t blame the dogs,” said Soto. “I blame the owners. “

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