PLYMOUTH, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating Tuesday after a woman was severely injured by her very own, very large, dogs in Plymouth Monday afternoon.
It was around 4 p.m when a neighbor called 911 and told police a woman was being attacked by four large mastiffs outside in a yard on Eastview Road in the Terryville section of town.
When police arrived, they found all four dogs on top of their female owner, and that woman in bad shape.
Police had to act fast, not only to try to save the woman, but protect the whole neighborhood at a time of day when kids are returning home.
“The animals weren’t secure right away, so we want to make sure with the school bus coming home and that we were using different equipment up there” said Sergeant Randy Foster of Plymouth police. “We didn’t want people going to the area.”
Police shut down the neighborhood, closing streets and telling people to stay inside as they tried to capture the dogs.
Police also said, when the woman was put in the ambulance, one of the dogs tried to attack an officer.
They ended up having to use lethal force on three of the dogs. The fourth one was shot and later died.
“To have four dogs in an attack like this, it was an unfortunate incident,” Foster said.
The woman is reported to be in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.
The victim’s niece said she’s shocked the dogs were aggressive.
“They are big but they are gentle giants,” said Megan Soucy. “Amazing dogs. There’s no reason why any of that should have happened. They aren’t vicious at all in the slightest. They are super nice.”
Family said the woman had six dogs total.
Police are still investigating why they turned on their owner.
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