Tulsa Woman Injured After Neighbor's Dog Climbs Over Fence, Attacks Her

Monday, May 13th 2013, 4:31 pm

By: Craig Day

A Tulsa woman is in the hospital after being attacked by a neighbor's dog.

The victim said she loves dogs and has never in her life been afraid of one, until a dog jumped a fence, went right for her and attacked.

Angie Young isn't sure how long she'll have to be in the hospital, but one thing is certain, the dog attack that put her there Friday, was one of the most terrifying moments of her life.

"I really thought I was going to die," Young said.

Young was in her backyard on South Harvard. Her neighbor's dog, a pit bull, suddenly climbed the fence and came right for her.

"I felt the dog, like, tugging at my leg. He kept clamping harder and harder, but his mouth wasn't going anywhere," Young said.

There wasn't even enough skin left on her calf to sew up her wound. She'll have to get plastic surgery, including skin grafts.

"As I'm laying down I see pieces of fat and chunks coming from my leg," she said.

What makes it even worse, is Young's husband, who has kidney cancer, was only out of the hospital after having a kidney removed for two days before his wife was attacked and put into the hospital.

"All I can think of is, 'What if it got a hold of one of my grand-kids?' because as little as they are, it could have gone and killed them," Young said.

Young said she doesn't have anything against pit bulls. Her best friend owns one that has a friendly demeanor. But she said the dog that attacked her has shown aggressiveness toward other dogs and people for the past couple of years.

She said she's frustrated her neighbors didn't do anything to prevent the attack.

"When they see the dog being aggressive toward other people, it's life threatening," she said.

While the dog is under a 10-day quarantine to see if it has rabies, Young is left in pain, waiting to find out what surgeons will do next.

"I just have these horrible, horrible dreams that, that dog is getting me or one of my grand-kids," Young said.

Once the 10 days are up, the owner could get the dog back, after paying a lot of fees.

An investigator will look into the case. If the dog is declared vicious, a judge would decide if the owners must take more security measures to safeguard others, or could decide the dog should be euthanized.


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