A 59-year-old deaf woman was brutally mauled by a pit bull on Saturday while walking down the street on her way to a friend’s house.
Shirley Sturgeon, who lives at the adult care home Breckinridge Manor due to her special needs, was unable to hear the dog approaching her or even scream for help during the attack. She was only about a block from home when the dog, named Rambo, took her down on the side walk and horrified witnesses.
One witness, Tony Simpson, told WDRB News, “I’ve never never seen nothing like that.”
Simpson and his fiance Stacey Lewis said that when they last saw the dog in Cloverport, Kentucky, it was trying to tear Sturgeon apart.
“The dog was literally just eating the woman. He was not just biting her. He was tearing her meat off and swallowing it,” Simpson told WDRB News.
“I said, ‘Honey come up here, they got her down,'” Lucas told WDRB News. Lucas heard Sturgeon groaning and tried to be a voice for her. Simpson and his nephew were able to eventually scare the dog off with a bat and a machete, respectively, but by then the damage to Sturgeon was extensive.
“I wasn’t expecting to see an arm missing practically,” Simpson told WDRB News. “I’ve never every seen nothing like that.”
Sturgeon is currently in fair condition at University Hospital and doctors will be performing several surgeries to try and save her right arm.
The 2-year-old pit bull is quarantined in a steel cage at the Breckinridge County Animal Shelter where he is being observed for signs of rabies. He is currently on death row and will likely be euthanized.
According to Animal Control Officer Tommy Matthews, “In this particular incident the owner has surrendered the dog to the shelter, and according to our policy we do not adopt or re-home animals that have bitten or attacked. So after that ten days the dog will most likely be euthanized.”
The dog’s owner, Jimmy Sanders, was found and questioned by WDRB News. He told told the reporter, “I’m so sorry. I wish it wouldn’t have happened. I’ve never had a dog do anything like that and I’ll do anything I can to help her out.”
Sanders told WDRB News that the dog had been tethered and had broken off his post and escaped.
Sanders faces misdemeanor citations for harboring a vicious animal and permitting it to run at large. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Source: WDRB News