ELIZABETHTON — A woman suffered “life-threatening” injuries from an attack by a 1-1/2 year old pit bull dog early Sunday morning, Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said.
Mathes did not identify the woman, but said she was in her apartment at 109 Oscar Banks Road shortly after midnight when she was mauled by the dog.
Neighbors heard the woman screaming and called 911 to report the attack. The dog was still attacking the woman when they called at 12:24 a.m.
Sgt. Wayne Pritchard arrived four minutes later and saw the 21-year-old woman “being viciously attacked” by the pit bull inside her apartment, Mathes said.
The woman attempted to escape the attack by fleeing outside.
Pritchard reportedly tried yelling commands at the dog to get it to stop attacking, but the animal continued to maul the woman in front of the deputy.
Pritchard quickly made the decision to shoot and kill the animal.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Sgt. Pritchard saved the life of the girl,” Mathes said. He also said he appreciated the neighbors’ quick call to 911 when they heard screaming.
The Carter County Emergency Squad treated the woman at the scene and
then rushed her to the Johnson City Medical Center, where she underwent
Investigators were only able to talk to the woman for a short time prior to her going into surgery.
It appears she may have owned the dog or she may have been dogsitting the animal for someone else.
Mathes said the woman had bites and puncture wounds all over her body.
Investigators remained on the scene during the early morning hours, completing the investigation and interviewing witnesses.
On Sunday evening, Mathes said the woman was in fair condition at the hospital.
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