Pit bull viciously attacks deaf woman and tries to eat her

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Rambo, a 2-year-old pit bull, attacked a deaf-mute woman and will likely be euthanized. Photo via screen capture from WDRB News

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

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  • Joanna McGinn

    another PB who, with the combination of being bred to attack, is then ‘tethered’ at breaks the tether (gee uh.. has anyone noticed that they are DESIGNED to be muscled to do that????) and attacks a woman who can’t hear it coming nor can she yell and scream… this is the 3rd such instance … California, Canada and now Kentucky… and these are just the most wonderful nanny dogs??? NOT! Would a ban work? probably not…. Are PB owners coming to the table to propose some sensible regulations? NOT…. leaving communities to live in fear… the expense of medical bills and the owners usually don’t have sufficient assets to cover the damages of their dogs so the community must pick up the tab or the victim is further victimized by financial ruin… along with an inability to work… or do those who are apologists of this type of dog think of the damages their dog of choice is quite capable of inflicting on innocent people, children and seniors as well as other animals …lncluding police horses (San Francisco)