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Girl Recovering After Attack by Pack of Wild Dogs

Posted December 26, 2007

— A 12-year-old Harnett County girl was recovering at home Wednesday after being attacked by a pack of dogs outside her home.

Melissa Rollins was playing basketball with her 13-year-old brother, Kevin, last Thursday outside their home on Rosser Pittman Road when five dogs – three adults and two pups – emerged from a nearby field. One of the larger dogs lunged at Melissa and began dragging her to a nearby woods line.

"The other two dogs were sitting there taking bites out of her," Kevin recalled.

He ran after his sister and used his shoes to beat the dogs away.

"(I) took my shoe off and threw it at two dogs, and then I started beating the other one, and they just kept going at her,” he said. "Then, I ran up to the dog and hit him, like, sideways and knocked his jaw."

Melissa's jeans were ripped to shreds, and she suffered severe gashes on her legs, hand and neck.

She had to undergo surgery at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to close all of her wounds and spent three days in the hospital before returning home Sunday.

"I just want these stitches out of me," she said.

Melissa and Kevin said they saw a pickup truck drop off some dogs in a nearby field about an hour before the attack. Officials say it's common for people to abandon unwanted pets in rural areas, which angers Melissa's grandfather.

"You can't just take an animal, whether it's a cat or vicious dog, and just drop it off on the environment and the community," Eugene Cook said. “They should think about their actions. I mean, this community is full of children.”

Harnett County Animal Control Supervisor Tino Medina said he doesn't think the person in the pickup truck abandoned the dogs that attacked Melissa. Neighbors reported problems with dogs before last week, he said.

Animal control officers set traps in the area late last week, and one adult and four pups caught in the traps were euthanized, Medina said.

The dog that attacked Melissa was an 80-pound German shepherd and chow mix, and Medina said he thinks two more adult German shepherds remain in the area. The dogs have been wild for some time and likely attacked Melissa for food, he said.


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  • lizard Dec 27, 2007

    mt1190 - and what, pray tell, is the law that is being broken?

    susanbeth74 - remember now,,,it's for the children.

  • mt1190 Dec 27, 2007

    I'll tell you what all you hunters and others that think that they can get away with shooting a dog or cat will get locked up if caught I work for wildlife and I seen them locked up and it will stay that way.

  • enigma1469 Dec 27, 2007

    I once got attached by a pack of wild women... but then I awoke and it was sad

  • Gottalovemy4dogs Dec 27, 2007

    lizard, we go to great lengths to ensure our dogs to do not get out including supervising them in our own 6ft high fenced backyard; however, if an accident happened and they got out and someone like you shot them, I can't express in words or on the WRAL website just how upset my family would be. If any criminal charges could be brought upon you I would see to it that it happened. I'm 100% for responsible dog ownership so that people like you don't feel it's your God given right to shoot dogs. I understand the safety issues regarding wild dogs but to shoot any dogs tame or otherwise that you incounter is sick.

  • Frank Downtown Dec 27, 2007

    Neuter and spay all cats and dogs!!! They should never be allowed to roam. They all should be in pens or fenced yards!

  • TruthBKnown Dec 27, 2007

    Here's the link... check it out. I think it was largely ignored, maybe because I caught the mistake early!


  • iamforjustice Dec 27, 2007

    TBK...now that made my day...lol...I wanna know what was said after you posted it.

  • TruthBKnown Dec 27, 2007

    batcave, this is at least twice now that you have implied that killing the wild dogs was "fun". Even if it's a necessary evil, I'm not sure I would ever call it fun. You're scaring me a little bit, dude!

  • TruthBKnown Dec 27, 2007

    "Well always glad to make your day TBK"

    This might make your day... I was posting in another forum, and I tried to copy-paste someone's comment. Well, the copy didn't take. I still had your Michael Vick post on my computer's clipboard! I pasted THAT comment instead of the one I was trying to copy and paste. Of course, it made no sense whatsoever and I didn't catch it until it was already posted. Grrrr!

  • batcave Dec 27, 2007

    had a dairy, wild dogs would kill calves, shoot 22 rifles from the hip kinda spraying em,,,kinda fun I have to admit. not to mention community service.