BUCKINGHAM, Fla.- A woman was treated at Lee Memorial Hospital this afternoon, after being bitten by a large white pit bull. Another woman fatally stabbed the dog, reportedly out of self defense.
Upon arriving to the scene, Lee County Sheriff's deputies found the deceased dog in a kennel. The dog had a large puncture wound to the ribs. Two knives were found laying on the grass, near the kennel.
Animal Control made contact with the victim's son who said his mother runs Helping Paws, and that the dog in question, Lily, was playing with the victim all day leading up to the attack. According to the victim's son, Lily was scheduled to be adopted today.
He told Animal Control that he heard his mother yell at the time of the attack, ran outside and jumped on the dog to gain control. He said he felt he was losing control, and that Lily was trying to attack his face. That's when a second woman ran inside to call for help and grabbed two knives before running back outside. She reportedly feared for everyone's safety and stabbed the dog in the ribs at that time. The group muzzeled the dog and put her in the kennel before calling the Sheriff's Office.
Lily died before deputies arrived. Though Lily was up-to-date on her shots, a necropsy is being performed to rule out rabies.