Sunday, May 4, 2008
Tampa, FL - On September 15, 2006 a 90-pound rottweiler snapped his chain and attacked a Tampa woman, hanging on until the woman bit back. According to Tampa Fire Rescue, Danielle Nelson, 20, came to the house to pick up her friend, Shamika Dorsey. The dog was chained to a nearby tree at the time.
When Nelson opened the gate and entered the back yard, the dog charged her, breaking its chain. Nelson jumped inside a plastic playhouse, but the dog latched onto her arm. She broke free and tried to get back to the gate, but the dog got her by the arm again. With the dog hanging on to her and biting her she reached the front door of the house.
Shamika Dorsey's mother, Linda Dorsey, opened the door enough for Nelson to get in, but the dog still had Nelson by the arm. Dorsey slammed the dog's head in the door, trapping him. But Nelson couldn't get away from the dog until she bit the animal, which finally caused the dog to let go.
Nelson received multiple bites on her legs and arms. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries. Authorities said the owner of the dog, Robert Garret, was not at home when the attack occurred. Hillsborough County Animal Services said they have no record of any other complaints about the dog. Animal Services has taken custody of the animal.
Nelson had her one-year-old daughter with her in the car, and left the girl in the car alone when she went to get Dorsey. Officials said leaving the child in the car, which people normally should not do, probably saved the girl's life.
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