An 81-year-old Satsop woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Monday night after she was attacked by two adult pit bulls in her home on Sixth Street, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.
“In 30 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel. The woman was severely bitten on her arms, legs, face, chest and back.
At 7:30 p.m., the woman’s two roommates returned home from a trip to the store and found the woman lying on the floor “severely mauled.” The roommates called police and the woman was taken by ambulance to the Grays Harbor Count fair grounds, where she was met by a helicopter that took her to Harborview, the region’s Level 1 trauma center in Seattle. Her condition was not immediately available.
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The male roommate shot and killed one of the dogs with a .22-caliber rifle, Pimentel said. The animal had bitten the 81-year-old woman in the calf last week, but that incident was not reported to police, he said.
The second dog, which the owner intends to put down, was turned over to sheriff’s officials and will be quarantined for 10 days, Pimentel said. Should the owner change his mind, that dog, also believed to be an adult male, will be designated a dangerous dog, requiring the owner to take out a bond and abide by other conditions, Pimentel said.