Ruby Greenway, 87, Attacked by Pit Bull
Anderson, SC - Ruby Greenway is recovering at home after being attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull when she tried to take out the trash. She sustained a deep wound to her leg from the terrifying encounter. She must return to the hospital because doctors were unable to completely stitch the wound until it begins to heal.
Recently in Tennessee, an elderly man was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull while rolling his trashcan out to the street -- this was an act he had performed hundreds of times before, but this time his life was imperiled. About 10 days ago, in Alabama, two American bulldogs attacked a woman and her leashed dog as she went out to fetch the paper. Another act all Americans should feel safe doing.
Last October, 65 year old Rosalie Bivins was attacked and killed by a pack of pit bulls as she stepped out of her house to get her mail.
Because of dangerous dogs, US citizens are unable to take out their trash, fetch their newspaper or check their mailbox without being at their mercy. This is a hideous crime that not only destroys lives; it destroys neighborhoods, community spirit and faith in completing mundane tasks safely in the environment of our homes and yards.
Ruby Greenway said the attack was very scary -- the dog took a "chunk out" of her leg. She tried to use the trashcan as a shield, but the dog overpowered her. During the attack she became dizzy, but thought if she passed out, the dog would kill her. She was only able to get away because a passer-by and two family members rushed to her aid.
Ms. Greenway has been living at her home on Lanford Street for 50 years. She said she's never been afraid of dogs before. She is now though, as many of us are. Pit bull type dogs consistently attack nonthreatening human beings who are outside of the dog' s property lines. This harks back to the pit bull's "high prey drive," which more and more targets people, not just animals.
DogsBite.org honors Ruby Greenway. Herself and her story will not be forgotten.
03/13/08: Pair of American Bulldogs Attacks a Woman
03/10/08: Grandparents and grandchildren: A deadly combination with dangerous dogs