Dogs said euthanized after women atttacked

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2014

Two women were hospitalized Tuesday after being attacked by three bulldogs inside a residence in Opp.

According to information released by Opp Police Department, patrol officers responded to Mizell Memorial Hospital after an 18-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were admitted for treatment of their wounds.

An investigation revealed the women were attacked by three American bulldogs, two male and one female, after one of the victims attempted to retrieve her pet Pomeranian dog from a room inside a home, reportedly located on Hattaway Road.

OPD officials said the 18-year-old woman was pulled to the floor by the dogs. The 37-year-old woman, as well as the owner of the bulldogs, heard the attack and attempted to help the victim, when the second woman was also attacked, officials said.

While both victims required medical attention, officials said the 18-year-old woman was air lifted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan due to the severity of her wounds, which reportedly included puncture wounds to her neck, head, upper body arms and legs. The 37-year-old victim also sustained injuries to both her arms and legs.

OPD officials said police and animal control officers removed the dogs from the residence to be tested for rabies. Opp Mayor John Bartholomew said it was his understanding that the dogs had been “put down.”

As of Wednesday, there was no new information on the condition of either victim, whose names were not released.