On Monday, a woman was hospitalized after being attacked by 5 BOXER DOGS in the Summit Park area.
Two of the dogs were put down and the three others were taken by animal control. The incident has stirred controversy among community members. 5 News reached out to neighbors and locals for their reaction.
Carolyn Reed has lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years. She said she never imagined something like this would happen so close to her home.
"Oh no never, never in a million years and you know they are boxers, who would ever think they would do that?" said Reed.
Reed said her husband and son ran to the scene after screams were heard down the road.
"She started screaming, they started running, they ran down there...and that's when they saw her, and called for help."
According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, a resident had five boxers living in a pen behind the house but the person who lived there didn't own the dogs, they were just staying their temporarily. Apparently the woman wanted to see the dogs, and as she opened the cage to pet them, they attacked her.
"It's concerning because dogs can become aggressive when they are left outdoors, especially it sounds like 5 dogs in a small pen can certainly cause some aggravation and anxiety for animals," said Teresa Chagrin, Animal Care & Control Specialist for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
5 News spoke to several members of the community who said they thought it was wrong for the dogs to be killed. They asked to remain anonymous and also wondered why the woman had gone over to the pen in the first place.
"I think it was wrong [that the dogs were killed] because the fact that she went in their yard, it was their [the dog's] territory, she said.
She also questioned why the dogs couldn't have been tranquilized instead.
Another local said it's not surprising the dogs started biting.
"I own a miniature collie, come in my yard when I'm not home, she will bite you," he said.
Reed explained the victim is a dog lover and has dogs of her own. She said the dogs were thin and the victim wanted to feed them.
"She loves dogs, she has dogs, she saw them a felt sorry for them and she wanted to help them," said Reed.
While several members of the community are upset that the dogs were put down, Reed a dog owner herself, said it was the right thing to do.
"I feel sorry for the dogs, but if people would of seen what she looked like after what those dogs did to her... I mean they wouldn't want that done to a family member or a friend of theres or a neighbor," said Reed.
A woman was attacked by five dogs in Summit Park around 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
She was taken to United Hospital Center by ambulance because HealthNet was unable to fly due to weather conditions.
Police said a resident had five boxers living in a pen behind the house but the person who lived there didn't own the dogs, they were just staying their temporarily. Apparently the woman wanted to see the dogs, and as she opened the cage to pet them, they attacked her.
Two dogs have been put down. The other three dogs have been captured and taken by Animal Control. The current status of the other three dogs is unknown at this time, according to the Sheriff's department.