VIDEO: THE PIT BULL HAD 3 PRIOR INCIDENCES
UPDATE: Authorities say Leesburg police officers fatally shot a "vicious" dog that attacked and killed its owner on Thursday.
Leesburg police Lt. Joe Iozzi says the woman, identified as 66-year-old Sonda Tyson, died Thursday night.
Paramedics said they were called to the home on South Street for medical assistance and when they arrived, the deceased victim was found with A LARGE BRINDLE PIT BULL MIX BREED inside, covered in blood, according to a police report.
Leesburg police shot a "vicious" and blood-covered dog Thursday evening that was reportedly preventing them from entering the home of a woman in need of medical assistance. Both the dog and woman died at the scene.
Lt. Joe Iozzi would not say if the police believed the large dog played a role in the woman's death, who they have yet to identify. An autopsy will be conducted on the body.
The incident occurred near the 1200 block of South Street just before 6 p.m. Police cars and Lake County sheriff’s animal control vehicles lined the street, yellow caution tape encircled the white home, and officers walked through the home in protective clothing.
According to police Lt. George Whitaker, the woman's relative made a call to 911 to report that the woman needed medical help. When paramedics arrived, Whitaker said the dog was aggressive and the relative was unable to control it. Iozzi said the dog was covered in blood. Police shot and killed it in order to enter the home.
It is not clear who owned the dog or why paramedics were called to the home. By the time paramedics attended to the woman, she was dead.
Whitaker was unable to say how much time had elapsed between the time paramedics arrived and the time they attended to the woman, or if the delay played a role in the death.
“Right now we have a whole lot of things to put together,” said police Lt. Joe Iozzi.
Police said they will release more information Friday morning.
A number of residents sat outside but refused to talk to The Daily Commercial.
2016 - U.S. DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 8 ( 4 CHILDREN - 4 ADULTS )
PIT BULL - 4
LINDA YUBA COUNTY CA
LUMBERTON ROBESON CO NC
LINDA YUBA COUNTY CA
LUMBERTON ROBESON CO NC
PERQUIMANS CO NC
PIT BULL MIX - 3
INDEPENDENCE GRAYSON CO VA (pit bull/rottweiler mix?)
THURSTON CO WA
MIX BREED SHEPHERD - 1
1-3 - TYLER TRAMMELL-HUSTON - 9 - LINDA YUBA COUNTY CA - THE BOY WAS IN FOSTER CARE AND THE SYSTEM ALLOWED HIM TO VISIT WITH HIS 24-YEAR-OLD HALF SISTER WHO LIVED IN A TRAVEL TRAILER WITH 3 PIT BULLS. IT APPEARS SHE LEFT HIM TO GO TO WORK AND WHEN SHE CAME BACK HE WAS MAULED TO DEATH.
1-8/9 - PAYTON LYRIK SAWYERS - 15 MONTHS - INDEPENDENCE GRAYSON CO VA - ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL/ROTTWEILER MIX?? ON THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 6 AT A HOME OF 2 PEOPLE SAID TO BE HER BABYSITTERS - SHE WAS RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL IN NC WITH SEVERE HEAD INJURIES AND WAS PLACED ON LIFE SUPPORT- SHE DIED ON JAN 8 OR 9, 2016.
1-24 - TALEN NATHAN WEST - 7 - LUMBERTON ROBESON CO NC - PIT BULL - TWO 7 AND 8-YEAR-OLD BROTHERS WERE PLAYING IN A WOODED AREA NEAR THEIR HOME WHEN A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL THAT THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH ATTACKED THEM - 8-YEAR-OLD JAYLEN WAS BITTEN ON HIS LEGS BUT IT GOT TALEN BY THE NECK AND BROKE IT - HE WAS NOT RESPONSIVE WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED.
2-7 - AIDEN JOHNATHON-GRIM MORELLI - 3-DAY-OLD INFANT BOY - YOUNGSTOWN OH - THE 21-YEAR-OLD MOTHER WAS SLEEPING THE NIGHT ON THE COUCH AT HER MOTHER'S HOME AND LEFT THE INFANT ON THE FLOOR IN A "MAKESHIFT CRIB" REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN A LAUNDRY BASKET - HER MOTHER AND HER BROTHER WERE ALSO AT HOME DURING THIS TIME - THE MOTHER AWOKE TO FIND HER NEWBORN WITH HEAD INJURIES - THERE WERE 5 DOGS IN THE HOME - REPORTS SAY THE DOG THAT DID THIS WAS A MIXED BREED SHEPHERD.
2-10 - SUZANNE STORY- 36 - PERQUIMANS COUNTY NC - THE VICTIM'S MOTHER REPORTED THAT SHE HAD ADOPTED THE DOG THAT LOOKED LIKE A BOXER/BULLDOG MIX ABOUT A WEEK AGO FROM AN AD IN A NEWSPAPER THAT SAID IT WAS GOOD AROUND SMALL CHILDREN - SHE WAS CLEANING THE DOG'S CRATE WHEN IT ATTACKED HER - HER SISTER WAS THERE AT THE TIME AND TRIED TO GET IT OFF HER AND WAS INJURED ALSO - SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL BUT DIED AS THE HELICOPTER WAS LANDING.
3-8 - GLADYS ALEXANDER - 92 - THURSTON CO WASHINGTON - THE WORLD WAR II VET WAS ATTACKED BY 4 PIT BULL MIXES THAT WERE AT HER NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET - SHE HAD WALKED ACROSS THE STREET TO GIVE THE NEIGHBOR THE NEWSPAPER BUT THE NEIGHBOR HAD GONE OUT FOR A FEW MINUTES AND IT LOOKED LIKE THE DOGS GRABBED HER AND DRUG HER INSIDE THE HOUSE - THE NEIGHBOR RETURNED AND FOUND THE DOGS ATTACKING HER AND STOPPED IT BUT NOT BEFORE THE DAMAGE WAS DONE - HER LEG AND ARM WERE AMPUTATED BUT SHE SUCCUMBED TO THE HORRIFIC INJURIES.
3-28 - BESSIE FLOWERS - 86 - CHARLOTTE NC - POLICE SOURCES STATED THAT WHILE VISITING IN HER DAUGHTER'S TOWNHOME THE ELDERLY WOMAN WAS ON THE BACK DECK AND SLIPPED OR TRIPPED AS SHE WAS COMING BACK INSIDE AND FELL - THE DAUGHTER'S 2 AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS WHICH THE VICTIM KNEW WELL BEGAN "PLAYING" WITH HER AND THEN ESCALATED INTO A FULL-BLOWN ATTACK GOING IN FOR THE KILL ON HER NECK AND HEAD - NEIGHBORS SAID THAT THE DOGS HAD SHOWN AGGRESSION IN THE PAST ATTACKING 2 OTHER DOGS - AFTER SEEING HER OWN MOTHER MAULED TO DEATH BY HER PIT BULLS THE DAUGHTER STILL REFUSED TO SIGN THE DOGS OVER TO OFFICIALS SO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS SEIZED THEM.
3-31 - SONDA TYSON - 66 - LEESBURG FL - THE VICTIM WAS MAULED BY HER BRINDLE PIT BULL MIX SHE HAD ACQUIRED AS A PUPPY - SHE WAS FOUND ON HER BACK PORCH BY HER 13-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER AND HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HER ARMS THAT WAS MISSING FLESH WITH BONES VISIBLE - THE DOG WAS STILL NEARBY HER INSIDE THE HOME SO A POLICE OFFICER SHOT IT TWICE FROM ON TOP OF A FIRE TRUCK SO THAT MEDICS COULD GET TO THE VICTIM BUT SHE HAD ALREADY DIED - IT IS BELIEVED SHE BLED TO DEATH.