NAVAJO COUNTY AZ - A NEIGHBOR'S 3 PIT BULL MIXES JUMPED THEIR FENCE AND MAULED CONNIE YOCUM, 50, FOR ALMOST AN HOUR
A Navajo County woman is recovering from severe injuries sustained after THREE DOGS attacked her on Monday, Jan. 11, at her residence near Highway 180 just west of the Petrified Forest.
According to Bernard Huser of Navajo County Animal Control, Connie Yocum, 50, was at her home at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 when she spotted one of her neighbor’s PIT BULL- MIX DOGS in her yard. When she went into her yard and yelled at the dog to leave, he reportedly attacked her. Seeing the attack, two other pit bulls belonging to the same neighbor jumped their fenced yard and joined the first in attacking Yocum.
Huser stated that the attack went on for approximately an hour before the dog’s owner, Tanya Black, heard the disturbance and ran outside to assist Yocum. Black wrapped Yocum in a blanket and transported her to the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow, where she underwent surgery for multiple bites sustained over her entire body.
“This was a very traumatic circumstance for the victim. The neighbors are friends and the victim knew the dogs. The owner has been very cooperative and understandably upset about the events that occurred,” stated Huser.
Huser noted that Black has a fenced yard for the dogs and was in the process of extending the height of the fence to ensure the dogs would remain in the yard.
Black was cited for three counts of dog at large, with the case scheduled to go to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges. The dogs were impounded and the owner has released them to animal control to be euthanized.