TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A 63-year-old woman from Taylorsville, Utah, has tragically passed away after being mauled by her son’s dogs last week, according to local authorities. The incident occurred in her backyard on October 31, where she was attacked by a pack of pit bulls consisting of an adult male, an adult female, and five puppies. The dogs were owned by her 38-year-old son, who lived with her.
During the attack, the woman managed to call the police for help using her cellphone. When officers arrived at the scene, the dogs were still surrounding her. To reach the victim, the officers had to use pepper spray to drive the dogs back. The woman was then rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, with severe injuries to her legs, hands, and face. Unfortunately, one of her legs had to be amputated. Despite medical efforts, she succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
Following the incident, police and animal control officers attempted to capture the adult dogs. However, during the process, the female dog broke loose and was subsequently shot and killed by an officer. Animal control officers successfully apprehended the adult male and the five puppies. The son, who resided with his mother, voluntarily surrendered the dogs to West Valley City Animal Services, as Taylorsville contracts with them for animal control services.
The investigation into the attack is ongoing, and it remains unclear whether any charges will be filed in connection with the incident. The victim’s identity has not been released to the public.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers associated with dog ownership and the importance of responsible pet ownership. Authorities continue to stress the need for proper training, socialization, and supervision of dogs to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.