Elderly Woman Dies After Being Attacked by Dogs
ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — An 83-year-old Robeson County woman died after being attack by a pack of pit bulls.
Alemeaner Dial was attacked by two adult dogs and two puppies on Saturday.The dogs belonged to her granddaughter. Her family took her off of life support Friday morning.
Dogs maul 83-year-old woman
Rowland resident on life-support
Last updated: October 30. 2014 10:59AM – 11224 Views
ROWLAND — An 83-year-old Rowland woman is on life-support four days after she was attacked by her granddaughter’s pit bulls.
Alameaner Dial, of Gaddy’s Mill Road, was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after being mauled by two adult dogs and two puppies on Saturday evening, according to Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department.
Linda Dial, the woman’s daughter-in-law, said she, her husband and her son were the first to arrive after getting a phone call from a neighbor that the woman had been attacked while sitting on her porch.
“The next thing he heard was hollering and screaming for help. He saw her on the ground. You can see where the dogs dragged her off of the porch, across the doorstop and across her flower garden,” Linda Dial said.
The dogs had pulled her to the ground. Linda’s husband and son kicked them off and the three covered her with towels.
“It seemed like she wasn’t aware of what happened to her, which is good. She wasn’t screaming or anything she just said ‘hold my hand I’m cold.’”
She was taken to New Hanover Medical Center where, according to Linda Dial, a nurse said she’d never seen a patient in such a condition.
Summary “I think she was bitten on pretty much all of her body,” Smith said. The neighbor said she heard Alemeaner Dial screaming and found the dogs had pulled her off the porch and had her down on the ground, Linda Dial said.
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Dial says the family had made efforts to have these dogs removed from where his grandmother was living but nothing ever happened. The Robeson County Health Department says the owners were not in any violation.
“What you have to realize is animal control looks at are the animals vaccinated and are they confined? And in this case they were. And the fact that the house is inside the confinement is no different than the dog being inside the house,” said Bill Smith,
Robeson County Health Department director.
Dial says this incident with his grandmother should be a warning sign for everyone.
“Everybody knows pit bulls are dangerous, whether they are around a little child or a young man or an elderly person. Pit bulls, they ought to be watched,” said Dial.
The family is mourning a loss they feel like could have been prevented.
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The Robesonian.com reported additional details last week. Linda said that a nurse at New Hanover Medical Center, where Dial was initially transported, said that she’d never seen a patient in such condition. “She said they were not equipped to handle such a severe patient,” Linda said. Alemeaner Dial was then airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and placed on life support. “They’re telling us that if she survives she may lose all or some of her extremities,” Linda said.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is in fact the same dog as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered by a different kennel club. At the turn of the 20th century, the pit bull breeders wanted the respectability of AKC recognition, but the AKC was reluctant to register fighting dogs. The AKC finally recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1936 after decades of lobbying by pit bull breeders. John P. Colby’s champion fighter, American Pit Bull Terrier ‘Primo’, formed the basis for the breed standard of the ‘new‘ AKC breed – but the AKC wasn’t willing to have the word ‘pit bull’ in the ‘ new’ breed’s name. The ‘new’ pit bull breed was dubbed ‘the Staffordshire Terrier’ in order to hide its relation to the pit bull and its origins and history in the fighting pit. The breed’s name was changed again to American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972, to distinguish the larger American version from the smaller English version (which kept the name ‘Staffordshire Bull Terrier’)1,2. In 1972, the breed register was also re-opened for a time to allow people to register their UKC registered pit bull as an American Staffordshire Terrier if they regretted not having done so earlier.
Because of their shared ancestry, history, function and genetics, we refer you further to our page about the American Pit Bull Terrier, since the information you need to have is identical.
In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.
LIST LINKS to:
1. Stregowski, J, American Staffordshire Terrier at http://dogs.about.com/od/dogbreedprofiles/p/American-Staffordshire-Terrier.htm (accessed March 2014)
2. Jessup, D, History of the Pit Bull at http://www.workingpitbull.com/history.htm (accessed March 2014)