Victim of Sunday morning dog attack in fair condition

John Thompson • Jan 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department plans to interview the victim of Sunday morning’s pit bull dog attack as soon as she is able to receive visitors in her hospital room, Sgt. Stacy McKinney said.

The woman’s identity has not been revealed at this point, but Chief Deputy Ron Street said she was the owner of the dog that attacked her.

Interviewing the 21-year-old should be the last step taken by the department before closing the case, officials said. The woman was reported to be in fair condition.

Sgt. Wayne Pritchard made a quick decision to shoot and kill the 1-1/2 year-old dog during the attack because it continued to ignore his commands and continued biting the woman.

“There are no criminal offenses to be investigated,” Street said. “The dog is dead, so there is no further threat, and she was the owner of the dog.”

The sheriff’s department responded quickly to the 911 call. Neighbors in the apartments at 109 Oscar Banks Road at 12:24 a.m. heard the woman’s screams and made the call.

“We happened to be in the right place,” Street said about the four-minute response time by Pritchard.

Street said the attack apparently began in the woman’s apartment. She tried to get away by running outside, but the dog pursued her. The woman lived on the second floor of the apartments and Street said she fell down a flight of stairs.

Sheriff Chris Mathes made the first report to the media about the attack and described the victim having numerous bites, some of which he described as “life-threatening.”

Street said it appeared the dog was kept inside the apartment by the woman. There was a dog’s food bowl and water bowl inside.

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