A 52-year-old woman remains hospitalized with grave injuries after being mauled by A PACK OF LOOSE DOGS south of Fair Park early last week, police said Saturday.
Antoinette Brown was “screaming for help” before Dallas police found her about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the 3300 block of Rutledge Street. She was taken to a hospital.
Several residents called to report the dog attack, but by the time officers arrived, the animals were gone, police said.
The attack comes as Dallas continues to struggle with a severe loose and stray dog problem, particularly in the southern part of the city.
Activists have long argued that dogs roaming the streets are dangerous and detract from the quality of life in poorer neighborhoods, which already lack a host of resources. Yet little has been done to effectively curb the problem.
Meanwhile, dog bites have become routine in some parts of the city. Dallas police have recorded at least 70 so far this year — some minor, others terrifying.
For example, less than 24 hours before Brown was mauled, a man in Oak Cliff told police that a pit bull so relentlessly charged at him that he tried to climb a utility box to flee. When that didn’t work, he jumped into the bed of a truck. Even then, he suffered injuries, police noted, with visible scratching and swelling on his calf.
In Brown’s case, authorities were able to seize SIX DOGS after patrolling the area and asking residents to call 311 if they saw any loose dogs. After neighbors identified the dogs’ owner, Dallas Animal Services took the animals into custody Friday.
Police didn’t disclose the mauling on the department’s online blog until Saturday, the day after the dogs were rounded up — even though The Dallas Morning News first inquired about a possible dog pack attack four days earlier.
Police still aren’t sure whether the dogs they seized are the ones that attacked Brown. They gave no indication of what might happen to the dogs’ owner.
They said they’re still investigating and hope to change procedures so they can more quickly coordinate with Dallas Animal Services in the future.