TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — An 82-year-old woman is recovering at the hospital after being attacked Monday by four pit bull dogs. The incident happened in the Carriage Heights neighborhood.
82-year-old Peggy Shattuck sustained many bite injuries as a result of being attacked by the dogs.
Tuscaloosa police say Shattuck suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Andries Heyns lives next door to the victim and witnessed the attack.
“When I came outside at first I just saw the two dogs and saw the police, then I actually saw her being
brought out on a stretcher,” Heyns said. “But luckily I saw she was moving and was okay but was very pale and in shock. But she seemed alright.”
Property owner Nan Murphy still cannot believe the elderly woman was attacked by the four dogs. Tuscaloosa Police officer had to shoot and kill two of the pit bulls and wounded a third. A fourth dog was captured later by animal control.
“This is very abnormal, I’ve never heard of dog attacks in this town we’ve owned this property 15 years
and we never had a problem with dogs. And for dogs to be loose like that right next to our property
was very scary,” Murphy said.
Thomas Sahm from the Tuscaloosa Metro animal shelter says the city has a leash law and dog owners face fines if they let their dogs run loose.
“Tuscaloosa does have a leash law, your dog needs to be secure and if it’s out and about it needs to be on a leash no greater then ten feet,” Sahm said. “I know animal control will work with people and will give people warnings and if your animal is caught out and about you are not around animal control will pick them up and bring them here and first offense is forty dollars”.
Neighbor Andries Heyns is just glad the victim is going to be okay.
“I am grateful that she is okay, it could have been a lot worse,” Heyns said. “Four pit bulls against an older lady and that’s quite terrifying and you can imagine how it must have been for her”.
Tuscaloosa Police are still searching for the dogs’ owner.