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Fayetteville woman, 84, recovering after dog attack

Posted March 27, 2015

— An 84-year-old Fayetteville woman is recovering after she was attacked by a dog while tending to shrubs outside her home.

Hallie Hall was working in her front yard in the College Lakes neighborhood Tuesday when she said a pit bull jumped on her and tried to bite her head. Hall was able to get inside her house and call 911.

A 7-year-old boy who lives nearby was walking another dog and accidentally left a gate open, letting the pit bull out. The dog's owner said he didn't know the dog was vicious.

Hall was bitten on both arms and several fingers. She said the attack is something she will never forget.

"He come up to me and he come flying around the house, and he jumped on me and threw me down and started biting me," she said.

Hall said the attack lasted about 30 seconds but seemed longer.

The dog "tried to get my head and my throat," she said. "He got around my throat, but I was fighting him with my hands and pushing him and kicking and everything I could do. That was a bad experience. I thought to myself, 'I'm going to lay here and die.'"

The dog is in the custody of Cumberland County Animal Control, where director Dr. John Lauby evaluated the case and decided not to issue a dangerous dog permit to the owner.

"Some people love their animals no matter what and say, 'I want to bring it back home.' But a dog with this kind of behavioral situation is a potential time bomb in the home," he said.

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  • Beth Pearce Mar 27, 2015
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    Kill it. The sooner, the better. If that were me the dog bit, I wouldn't have to work again! Regardless of if it's human error - doesn't matter. The dog attacked. Period.

    (Strawberry Letter 23)

  • Jessica McDougald Mar 27, 2015
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    Yes lets allow the government to decide what kinds of dogs we can own!

    I'm a grown up. I can decide if I will own a Pit Bull. I can decide if I will own a gun. Permits for things like this are totally unconstitutional. And, like a grown up, I will take responsibility if my choices backfire.

  • Chase Truman Mar 27, 2015
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    Yet, any person out there... regardless of how horrible, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or mentally ill they may be... can have children? Hmmmm. I think we need to do all of that for parents of HUMANS first, then we can move on to pets.

  • Johnny Byrd Mar 27, 2015
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    Pit bull dog ownership should be regulated similarly to any other deadly weapon.
    Should require a permit to own one.
    Should require classroom training similar to conceal carry.
    Owner automatically held responsible for any damage or death committed by the dog whether under their control or not.

  • Malakai Bluebone Mar 27, 2015
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    "Another case of irresponsible owners that will be taken out on the dog."

    Which was the irresponsible part? Leaving the gate open so the dog could get out and attack someone?

    " You people saying it should be put down, are the same people who help give them a bad reputation and why they are frowned upon, put to death more often , overbred, etc. etc."

    The breed gives itself a bad rep by being unpredictable and attacking people and animals for no reason. It is apologists and the ignorant that continue to find excuses for and breed the dogs that are the reason for what you say.

    "Educate yourself before you judge and I'm sure none of you have done any kind of animal rescue or spent any time with pits."

    Yes, look at the CDC statistics and try to figure out why they top the list, why they have almost twice the attacks of every other breed combined.

    "Maybe some of you need to be put down instead."

    Wow, just wow. You will most likely be a news story we will be commenting on soon.

  • Malakai Bluebone Mar 27, 2015
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    According to the evidence I would agree that someone here is extremely blind to the dangers that pit bulls represent. It is a shame that so many people refuse to open their eyes and see truth when the evidence is everywhere.

  • Darius Rose Mar 27, 2015
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    Another case of irresponsible owners that will be taken out on the dog. You people saying it should be put down, are the same people who help give them a bad reputation and why they are frowned upon, put to death more often , overbred, etc. etc. Educate yourself before you judge and I'm sure none of you have done any kind of animal rescue or spent any time with pits. They are amazing animals. Ignorance is on the rise and the sad part is.....the owner probably doesn't even care. The dog ultimately suffers from the outcome, in addition to the victim. They can be rehabilitated, just like people and prisoners, etc. Maybe some of you need to be put down instead. Disgusting. So quick to throw the first brick/ stone.

  • Sherrill Craig Mar 27, 2015
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    Sorry, but the dog needs to be put down.

  • Jack Miller Mar 27, 2015
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    "Pir Bull". I read the headline and knew what kind of breed it was going to be. I used to think that pit bulls for a bad wrap and that it was how they were raised that mattered. Then I adopted a pit puppy. She was so sweet. She loves kids She has no enemies. She was useless as a gaurd dog The one day she went after a neighbor - totally unprovoked and without any reason we could think of. I was outside and has to pull her off and she was in this "zone" and wouldn't listen. Neighbor had been bitten twice. Fortunatelty he worked with me and didn't sue. One of the hardest things I had to do was euthanize my own dog. But seeing first has how she was a timb bomb and unpredictable - it had to be done.

  • Peter Panda Mar 27, 2015
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    another clueless owner that thinks their pit bull is so loveable.

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