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Dogs attack Raleigh woman, golden retriever on morning walk

Posted August 28, 2013

— Julie Pribyl says she is thankful for two people who intervened Tuesday morning when she and her 5-year-old golden retriever, Daisy, were attacked by two other dogs in the Wood Valley Drive neighborhood in north Raleigh.

"One went immediately for her neck, and the other attacked her from the side," Pribyl said Wednesday. "They pulled me onto the ground onto my stomach and were pulling me into the woods."

"They relentlessly would not stop attacking her. I kicked and screamed," she added. "I yelled 'Help me! Help me! Help me!' at the top of my lungs. I knew I couldn't let go of her leash, and I had to pull very hard."

That's when an employee with the North Raleigh Tree & Bucket Truck Services who was working in the area heard Pribyl and came to her rescue.

The worker, who did not want to be identified, grabbed a shovel, and a neighbor who also heard the commotion used an umbrella to get the dogs – a pit bull-mix and a foxhound – away from Pribyl and Daisy.

Pribyl was scraped up a bit but wasn't seriously injured. Daisy, however, has months of healing ahead from injuries she received to her ear, several puncture wounds to the neck and elsewhere on her body.

Daisy Golden retriever injured after dogs attack

"It would have been a different story had they not showed up," Pribyl said of the two men.

"I have nothing but the utmost respect for that man," Kevin Kenny, who owns the tree removal company, said of his employee. "There's a guy who had everything to lose, and he didn't even stop to think. He just ran into harm's way and saved that woman."

The dogs, which Pribyl said she has never seen before, ran off, leaving Wake County animal control officers to search for them and their owner.

But the story doesn't end there.

After WRAL reporter Amanda Lamb and photojournalist Chad Flowers interviewed Pribyl Wednesday morning, a neighbor flagged them down after finding a stray dog.

Lamb called the owner, Shep Wells, and also Pribyl, who identified the dog as one from Tuesday's attack.

Wells admitted to letting the dog, Crosby, run free Tuesday and Wednesday, along with another dog. He said he had let them out to go to the bathroom and that he got distracted.

Animal control officers ended up charging Wells with two misdemeanor counts of creating a nuisance – charges that each carry a $200 fine.

Wells said that although his dog has been involved in "scuffles" with his other dogs, he was surprised to hear that they attacked Daisy and Pribyl.

"I'm really sorry about the whole thing," he said. "I'm willing to make it right, whatever needs to be done."

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  • bobbyj Sep 5, 5:25 p.m.

    ban dumb owners that have pit bulls.

  • trafalgerfountain Sep 4, 4:52 p.m.

    Ban pits.

  • whyalltheproblems Aug 30, 5:02 p.m.

    at least the owner has some integrity. I'm so sorry for what this woman and her golden had to go through :((. So Scary. Hope Miss Daisy heals quickly.

  • csunbean Aug 30, 3:03 p.m.

    People that experience attacks on their dogs by pitbulls are often extremely traumatized and the dogs are never the same either. Why are normal dogs treated like they are worthless. These maulings continue to happen and the overpopulation of pitbulls helps hide dog fighters that pay for the propaganda popularizing them as pets. Victims of pitbulls need support just like other victims. They are welcome at the coming Houston Texas Event. There will onsite police security, no dogs allowed, speakers, moonwalk bounce tent and slide for the kids, games LIVE MUSIC, indoor and outdoor activities, indoor and outdoor activities, food and refreshments on site, TWO former pitbull owners speaking out honestly about seeing their dogs attack unprovoked and a candlelight vigil at dusk. Everything is free. Mark your calendar. Free Fliers to print out on the website- pitbull attack help dot com. You can also google walk for victims of pitbulls .. and find them on facebook. You don't have to be a victim

  • csunbean Aug 30, 3:00 p.m.

    Victims of pitbulls need support just like other victims. They are welcome at the coming Houston Texas Event. There will onsite police security, no dogs allowed, speakers, moonwalk bounce tent and slide for the kids, games LIVE MUSIC, indoor and outdoor activities, indoor and outdoor activities, food and refreshments on site, TWO former pitbull owners speaking out honestly about seeing their dogs attack unprovoked and a candlelight vigil at dusk. Everything is free. Mark your calendar. http://www.pitbullattackhelp.com Free Fliers to print out on the website. You can also google walk for victims of pitbulls .. and find them on facebook. You don't have to be a victim to attend.. EVERYONE is welcome.

  • rlwieland Aug 29, 4:54 p.m.

    He hsould have to pay all the vet bills, be fined and put the two dogs down. I love dogs, but when they attack for no reason its over.

  • lec02572 Aug 29, 4:11 p.m.

    Get your checkbook out. You are responsible for all the vet bills for the golden +.

  • 1983rs Aug 29, 3:57 p.m.

    history lesson, blood sports involving dogs and the gambling on them date to ancient times, english history documents dog fighting, bear baiting and bull baiting. bull baiting were dogs are loosed onto a tethered bull for entertaiment in the marketplace(slow day, guess there wasn't a beheading to go to)gave name to the dog used(not cattle herding) britain outlawed bloodsports in 1835(except the rich could still tear apart foxes for fun)dog fighting being easier to hide than a tethered bull became the main illictate entertainment..most often the dogs were loosed or thrown into a pit(didn't want any spectators getting mauled) this and the rest is how wonderful humans can be.. its not the dogs fault, but knowing what went into the animal that is on the end of the leash is important..

  • 678devilish Aug 29, 3:30 p.m.

    Terrible! Owners of the dogs should be responsible for her medical expenses.

  • silkesmom Aug 29, 3:22 p.m.

    My horse was attacked by a roaming fighting dog mix (you could see her scars from her "fights" and we later determined she was trained to "release" when you grabbed her collar, this after hanging from my horse's stifle and not letting go! She also attacked the farm's dog on his property.

    My own dog, on a leash, was also charged/attacked by an escaped fighting breed - I had to release my dog for her to escape and, at risk to myself, grab the loose dog's lead and hold it at arm's length while it tried to take me and my dog's head off ... scared me to death.

    Yes, both owners were at fault. Yes, the dogs were poorly socialized and it wasn't "the breeds." And YES I do NOT want anything to do with any "fighting breeds."

    When loose animals damage property (other animals), the owner should pay a higher fine than $200 and the attacking dog needs to be put on double secret probation - 3 strikes and they need to be humanely destroyed. There are plenty of nice dogs out there that need hom

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