SHERIFF: Other Dogs Found, Killed In Elderly Woman Attack

Authorities say the two remaining dogs that attacked an elderly Jones County woman this past weekend have been found.

Sheriff John Hall tells WITN News that deputies shot and killed the two dogs Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff says their remains are being sent to Raleigh for rabies testing. A third dog, found this weekend, tested negative.

Gladys Roberts was severely attacked outside her home Saturday night. Her mother says the 65-year-old woman has a 50/50 chance of surviving.


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Relatives of a woman attacked by a pack of wild dogs say doctors are giving Gladys Roberts a 50/50 chance of surviving.

The Jones County woman was attacked outside her home Saturday night.

We spoke with 85 year old Olethia Britt, the mother of 65 year old Gladys Roberts.

Britt says 65-year-old Roberts has already been given 18 pints of blood. Britt says that she is continuing to fight for her life, but is still losing a lot of blood. The woman's skin, from the top part of her forehead to the back of her head is gone. Both of her arms are injured as well.

Deputies have caught and killed one of the dogs, but are still looking for two more. Neighbors are helping in that search.

Roberts remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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An elderly woman remains hospitalized in critical condition after authorities say she was attacked by dogs over the weekend.

Gladys Roberts was found bleeding on the front lawn of her Ten Mile Fork Road home Saturday night. The neighbor who discovered the woman told WITN News that the dogs ripped part of her scalp off.

Deputies say they have caught one of the dogs, while the other two are still on the loose. The captured animal is being tested for rabies while deputies continue to patrol the woman's neighborhood, searching for the other dogs.

Neighbors say the dogs belonged to a woman who recently died. The sheriff says charges could be filed in the woman's attack.


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  • by attack survivorr Location: Garner on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:30 PM
    Discarded pets become a hunting pack to eat. Once they hit a "red zone" there is no turning back. But I saw a terrible attack of a 14 year old boy by 4 matched boxer bull dogs at 14 myself. The dog owners daughter and I ran and tried to help but if her mother had not arrived in her car at that time I think he would have been killed. She got them off where we girls could not. They didn't turn on us but naybe they would have. The boy had 87 stitches in his legs. I will never forget his flesh ripped and how the white insides bulged out and all the blood. A big enough dog or a pack will hurt and kill. Now if anyone doesn't know the problem with pit bulls let me clear it up. An extremely strong, muscular and heavy dog, he will knock you down and go for the throat. Their jaw strength is much stronger than any other dog really. They have an extra thick padding on their head so hitting doesn't help. A normal person has no chance. How many horror stories before breeding them is outlawed?
  • by Just Me Location: Beulaville on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    I agree with the person that said that any dog can be trained to be mean. Most people would think that labs are safe animals to have but I knew someone who trained one to be a very mean dog! It is bad for the pitbulls b/c some people love to raise that breed to be mean. All animals have it in them somewhere and it is all in how you raise and train them.
  • by lisa Location: hookerton on Nov 13, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    To all u pit haters, I have 4 wonderful pits bulls, its depends on how u raise them, is how they react. I have a friend that lives 1 minute up the street that works with animal control and she also owns a pit bulls so does her daughter, so its not the dogs fault how they behave its the owner, so they are responsible for their dogs action and they should accept anything that comes their way. But back to u pit haters haven't u ever heard don't judge a book by its cover not every pit bull is horrible as some of u have said, buy one treat it like u want to be treated and all yall haters stop hating on pit bulls.To the victim and her family we keep u in our thoughts and prayers and we hope u come out of this brutal attack stronger than ever.
  • by Thomas Location: Right Here on Nov 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Not only is a beautiful woman severely injured but so is a breed of dog's reputation because of careless owners, mob mentality, and media frenzy. Do your homework before commenting on dog breeds, ANY DOG can be made to attack and the such- of course we'd giggle if it was a teacup Yorkie but it is no different= BAD! Bad owners make bad animals. Spay and neuter your pooches, [obedience] train them, and most of all LOVE them. And have plan B if something happens to you; we make provisions for our children but aren't dogs part of our family too?
  • by SA Location: enc on Nov 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    If it is true that the dogs belonged to a lady that had passed away,WHY DID NOT THE NIEGHBORS or family do something about these dogs.I would have suspicion that they belong to someone that is living.I wouldn't expect someone to jump right up and admit to owning them;they probably knew they were aggressive.There were two pitt crosses at our local Co. Dog pound.It was said they were safe and had been tested for aggressiveness.They were adopted out to 2 different homes,but retruned in less than a week because they show extreme hostilty.It seemed something pushed thier buttons.I cannot understand why anyone would take a chance with a dog they didn't know.There are many breeds that ARE LESS apt to snap andthen carry it through.Pitt Bulls are bred to take down animals folks.And today are bred for fighting in closed circles.I rescued one,but am very cautious about him.I am sorry,but the first time he asserts himself without cause,he's gone.Love him,but don't want anyone hurt.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    Please people, this is about an innocent lady, not the dogs. Pray for her, think about her, worry about her, not the dogs. Also, why is a fight starting about pit bulls again? I don't see where it says what breed of dogs these were, and it doesn't matter. Breed, or even species isn't what matters. This poor woman's life is what matters!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Oct 28, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    Disgusted... welcome to the "right" side. *wink*
  • by S Location: ENC on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    Such a sad situation...really hope this lady pulls through this....as for the people responsible for letting this pack of dogs loose,there is a special place in h*** waiting for you...I just cannot comprehend the ignorance of people who don't take care of their animals...what a waste of space.
  • by ChrisF Location: Kinston on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Why do people use them to Fight AMAZED,you'll be amazed at the reason. The reason is alot of Pitbulls are animal aggressive and not human aggressive so thats why their the desired breed. So when they break them apart they wont attack their owners.I just don't understand the hatred towards this breed and half of these pitbull haters dont even know what a APBT is.Any animal can attack ,their animals.How bout lets ban people who have abortions ,people who knowing kill their own unborn because lack of birth control and morals! How many innocent children have died at the hands of their own parents!Disgusting!Are how about tobacco dealers dealing cancer sticks to the masses,our young children getting addicted to sure cancer certainty and second hand smokers sharing cancer love also!That AMAZES me!Alcohol another addictive substance that the goverment regulates that has caused how many DEATHS,deaths to the innocent and users,please!I fear stupidty of others,the most dangerous on earth HUMANS!
  • by ED Location: Jones County on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    One thing that should be noted is that this is in Jones county and there is not a animal control, shelter, etc. There have been many dogs dumped off or abandoned in this area. The dogs start a pack and revert back to their natural behavior if they are left alone. Then they get begin to hunt to eat and survive in a pack. They tend to start with small things and it can lead up to attacking livestock and worse, people. We live very close to where this happened and we have had stray dog problems in the las 6 months. I wish people would take responsibility for their unwanted animals and not dump them. I know this was different but maybe the deceased ladies family could have done something?
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