Woman Loses Both Arms
Merkel, TX - In December 2006, an Abilene-area woman suffered the loss of both arms after a life-threatening attack by her own pit bull. The attack happened in the town of Merkel, 16 miles west of Abilene, at the home of Vicky Jeffries. Police say the 110-pound pit bull attacked Jeffries when she tried to intervene in a fight between that dog and her other smaller pit bull.
Merkel Police Chief Bob Jones says he had to shoot and kill the dog to stop the attack. Jeffries, whom police describe as being in her 40s, was taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Hospital spokesman Joe Max Tomlin declined to release details on her condition, other than to call it stable. KTXS-TV in Abilene and the Abilene Reporter-News both report doctors had amputated both of her arms.