Skip to comments.Woman attacked by multiple dogs saved by Good Samaritans(AZ)
Posted on 12/16/2011 8:52:02 AM PST by marktwain
SIERRA VISTA A woman was transported to the hospital for injuries to her face and head after being attacked by several dogs just east of Sierra Vista on Wednesday.
The Sierra Vista Police Department, assisting the Cochise County Sheriffs Office, and a witness to the incident confirm that the woman was walking her dog in the area of Risner Boulevard and East Central Avenue when she was attacked by no fewer than three dogs.
Area resident James Corcoran said he was drinking coffee on his porch on Central Avenue when he heard a commotion down the street.
I hear Get the dogs off her, so I run inside, get my gun and run down the street about 200 yards, Corcoran said.
Gathered around the woman and her dog were several people attempting to fight off a brown boxer and white pit bull, as well as another unidentified brown dog, he said.
There were like eight people there trying to get these dogs off her, he said. By the time I got there, (the dogs) were focused on the victims dog, which looked like a heeler.
Corcoran said he aimed his 45-caliber handgun at the brown dog and fired, hitting the dog, which ran off along with another dog.
He then turned to the pit bull, and fired off one round into its shoulder.
It ran off about 20 feet, then came charging back at us. Then I shot it in the chest, he said.
The victim, he said, was suffering from lacerations to her face and head.
She had blood everywhere, he said, noting that, at one point, the woman momentarily lost consciousness.
Tracy Grady, public information officer for the Sierra Vista Police Department, said that the victim was transported to the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center for treatment to multiple bite wounds, and that her dog was taken by animal control officers to a local veterinarian.
Further details about the attack, and whether or not anyone was cited as a result, were unavailable from the sheriffs office on Wednesday.
This isnt the first time that weve had problems with dogs in this area, Corcoran said, recalling an incident about a year ago at the corner of Risner Boulevard and Schrader Road in which a couple were walking their dog when it was attacked by at least two boxers.
I ran back and grabbed my hammer and started swinging at the dogs, he said. Its a problem out over here in this area, everybody has dogs. Most of the houses around here arent in the best of shape, so the so-called fences they have arent good.
Two dogs hit by .45 initially remained in action. The power of adrenalin.
People are abandoning pets as money woes mount; they go feral quickly. We’ll be seeing more of this, sad to say. Pack heavy.
Mainly a question of how good the shot was, did it go through anything vitaletc.
Saw a Rottweiler take two from a .357 when I was a kid and it didn’t even slow him down for at least 20 seconds, then he just walked away and died. The cop got him twice through the chest too, once from the front.
Once they get the adrenaline flowing and their minds made up its amazing how long many animals can keep going.
First shot was a nick, second was not.
I wouldn't want to deal with an angry one.
Just recently a 15 year old jr ROTC cadet was driving to school and she saw a little boy being attacked by a Rottweiler and a Doberman, she didn’t have a gun, all she had was her keys. She jumped out and fought with them and WON. She got more bites than the little boy but she most probably saved his life as he was in a rural area waiting for his bus which wasn’t due for a few minutes.
Some might say that where I live (Chandler) is not a rural area so the chances of this happening are less. Rationalization. I have seen large dogs running free. I've been attacked by one. And I have seen coyotes (3 in one instance) in my neighborhood. One coyote was huge.
I might want to consider up-gunning to a Taurus PT Slim in 40S&W.
Good story. Now on to step 2, hunt down the owners and beat them to death with a set of keys. If people want to own deadly animals they need to be prepared to suffer the consequences if they are unable to control those animals.
I carry a .40 Glock 27 or a .45 H&K depending on my mood here in Tempe
I just posted a story about that. The Deming paper does not allow posting, so I found another source.
I'd hate to catch you in a foul mood!
Other than a nick, a .45 should put quite a whack on a dog size critter. I suspect ball ammo too.
Anyway, good work by the shooter for responding as he did.
Considering humans can last 30 seconds or more with a fatal shot (obviously not a head shot) to keep fighting and firing back, it’s not a surprise animals can too. The blood only comes out at a certain rate.
Exactly so. Spine and brain shots will most likely stop the trigger finger from twitching right away. Pelvic girdle or other shots breaking the major support structures can put them on the ground (for two legged predators) or slow down four legged ones. Keep on shooting as long as they are a threat.
I agree, its just disconcerting (and educational) for a young kid like me to see it first hand when in the movies you shoot something and the thing instantly rolls over and stops moving like in the old westerns.
I took about a 300# Russian boar in Tennessee years ago with a 30-06 round right through its chest at about 50 yards while on the run from the dogs. Saw the red mist and it tumbled it right over, I hit it right behind the shoulder. Next instant later it had jumped up, was facing me and running strait at me. I remember because there wasn’t any cover between it and me, nor anything to climb at all. Very exciting, I’d never hunted something that would jump up and chase your butt after you shot it before. The dogs intercepted it which kept me from a follow-up shot until they took it down, It sits over my fireplace and is sporting a Santa hat with sunglasses now. (I have kids...)
Some crack house may be light on protection this weekend.
This was on our evening news - these dogs were pets and not feral.
The owners (mother and daughter) were on TV news last night. They were asked how they felt about their dogs being shot and the daughter answered that she thought it was the right thing to have happened.
I read in the paper this morning that the Mom is facing charges, now.
Dogs switch to a whole other mindset when they are with other dogs. When they are, they become a "pack" and often become predatory.
With properly socialized dogs, when they are with their humans, the humans are their pack and pack leaders, and they take their cue from how their humans act.
Dogs owner is cited for attack on woman
By Derek Jordan
SIERRA VISTA The owner of three dogs involved in an attack on a woman east of Sierra Vista on Wednesday has been cited for the incident.
Margaret Montoya, 49, received citations for Dogs at Large (x3) and Dog Bite (x3) under Arizona Revised Statutes, Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriffs Office, wrote in a statement about the attack released on Thursday.
It was about 11:10 a.m. when the sheriffs office was advised of the attack taking place in the area of Risner Boulevard and East Central Avenue.
Deputies and animal control officers arrived and found the 60-year-old female victim suffering from head injuries.
A neighbor at the scene advised that the woman was walking her Australian Shepherd on Risner near Central when three dogs inside a fence in the 100 block of North Central broke out of the yard. The three dogs, two Boxers and one Pit Bull, started attacking the Australian Shepherd and when the woman tried to stop the attack, all three dogs turned on her, Capas statement reads.
Area resident James Corcoran responded to the scene down the street from his home after hearing shouts about dogs attacking someone. Corcoran managed to shoot two of the dogs.
Fry Fire medical personnel treated the woman at the scene before she was transported to the Sierra Vista Regional Health Care Center where she later received 45 staples to close wounds to her head area, Capas stated.
The victims dog, an Australia Shepherd, was taken to the Apache Animal Hospital for treatment of multiple bite wounds. The dog has since been taken to the Sierra Vista Animal Shelter, where he will be cared for until the owner is able to care for him again.
The sheriffs office asks for anyone wishing to donate to the animal shelter to help care for the dog to do so at its location on Highway 90. The three dogs involved in the attack either died from their gunshot wounds, were euthanized at the scene or are scheduled to be euthanized in the coming days, according to Capas.
A friend had to pay $1,000 for a Dog at Large violation. It was a black lab and didn’t harm anyone, and had gone home before animal control arrived. So, this woman’s fine should be $50,000 plus medical expenses for the woman and her dog.
If they're still wigglin', they're still a threat!