Victim's Condition Upgraded
UPDATE 12/09/08: Catherine Barber, who is in her 70s, remains hospitalized in serious condition. Barber was airlifted to a hospital Monday evening after she was attacked while taking out the trash. She was in the alley just behind her home when she encountered her neighbor's two pit bulls. One pit bull attacked her. Barber was severely mauled about the head and neck until police arrived. Officers shot the dog at least four times, killing it.
DogsBite.org has recorded too many senior citizens "taking out their trash," who are attacked by a violent pit bull.
Henrietta Wright, Barber's friend said, "To think, you can't even go outside to put your trash in the can and have a dog mangle you." It is the sad truth Henrietta. Senior citizens are frequently attacked by pit bulls, and even killed, for the following activities too: gardening in their yard, standing in their yard, taking a stroll (with or without a pet) and getting the mail. Senior citizens are at great risk to these dogs. Please see our senior citizen section.
Barber has lived in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. She teaches yoga, dance and other classes to fellow seniors at the Fort Davis Community Center. Those who know Barber say her strength will see her through this.
12/08/08: Woman in 60s Severely Injured
Washington D.C. - In a developing story, a woman is fighting for her life tonight after she was attacked by a pit bull in Southeast D.C. The woman, who sources say appeared to be in her sixties, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The crime scene extended through the alley to neighbor Bill Howard's backyard. "They won't let me back there it's all blocked off," Howard described. "All I see is a bunch of blood at [the] top of my basement steps."
Emergency responders say the dog focused the attack on the woman's head. She was shttp://www.blogger.com/img/triangle_open.gifeverely bitten on her face, neck and head. Police say only one of two pit bulls attacked the woman. She is still trying to be identified. Police say the dog was loose and not in the owner's fenced-in backyard. It is not known how long the mauling lasted, but help arrived when a neighbor ran to the home of the off-duty police officer. The officer immediately radioed for help.
In June, a D.C. police officer saved a woman who was "suddenly" mauled by her boyfriend's pit bull as she was walking the animal.
Police report the victim was down on the ground when at least three officers arrived and shot at the dog. During the shooting, one officer was grazed in the face by what is believed to be flying debris. The officers shot the dog at least four times, but it was still alive when animal control arrived. The family's second pit bull was taken as a matter of procedure. The family had no comment, but many residents in the area say they are familiar with the dogs.
The officer who was injured was taken to the hospital and is expected to be fine. Residents say the off-duty officer, who helped out during the attack, is a good neighbor and did just as they'd expect her to do.
06/18/08: Woman, Police Officer Attacked by Pit Bull in D.C.
06/06/08: Cincinnati Police Kill Two Pit Bulls in Separate Shootings in Same Day