Emergency workers respond to mauling death of 65-year old Rosalie Bivins.
Killed by Pack of Dogs
ADA, OK - A 65-year-old Pontotoc County woman was mauled to death by a pack of pit bull-mix dogs. Two others who came to her aid were also attacked, according to sheriff Joe Glover. He said Rosalie Bivins was checking her mail in front of her residence on County Road 1480 when five to seven dogs began their vicious attack. A rural mail carrier discovered Bivins lying in the road screaming for help. When he exited his vehicle to help, the dogs turned on him.
A 65-year-old rural Pontotoc County woman was mauled to death Monday by a pack of pit bull mixed-breed dogs. Two others who came to her aid were also attacked, according to Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover.
Glover said Rosalie Bivins was checking her mail in front of her residence on County Road 1480 -- north of State Highway 3W -- when five to seven dogs began their vicious attack. A rural mail carrier who happened on the scene found Bivins was lying in road yelling for help. - Randy Mitchell, Ada Evening News, October 16, 2007
According to Glover, the postal worker then drove to a neighbor’s house to ask for help. The neighbor, Dearl Newby, grabbed a gun and the two men rushed to the scene to try to save Bivins. When they arrived, a third man, who had already fought with the dogs, had bite injuries on his arm and leg. After Newby fired his shotgun, killing one of the attacking dogs, the rest fled. Bivins did not survive before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Several of dogs were later shot.
The pack of dogs had been in the neighborhood for several years, according to neighbors. They believed Bivins' son-in-law had used the animals to hunt wild hogs in the surrounding wooded areas. Glover said the son-in-law denied owning the dogs, but said he fed them from time-to-time. Bivins had lived in the area for nearly 40 years. Her daughter and son-in-law also lived nearby on property owned by Bivins, authorities said. There are no leash laws in Pontotoc County.
Bivins, 65, died after a pack of dogs, who appeared to veterinarians to be pit bull terrier mixes, apparently knocked her down and began chewing on her flesh. Bivins, who was buried in a rural Pontotoc County cemetery Thursday, had been bitten so badly on one leg, her bone was exposed.
Newby was one of three neighbors who came to Bivins' aid after a mail carrier came upon the grisly scene. Bivins was still alive when the mail carrier found her. She asked the mail carrier for help, Newby said.
When the mail carrier arrived at his house breathless and rattled, Newby grabbed a shotgun and headed for his truck. When he got to Bivins' home, two other neighbors were fighting to get the dogs off the woman. Newby fired a shot, hitting one of the dogs and startling the rest. - Julie Bisbee, The Oklahoman, October 22, 2007
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