A woman lost her thumb and had a ligament torn out of her hand Wednesday afternoon when a dog bit her in the 1300 block of Harding Street, police said. The unidentified 35-year-old was rushed to Scenic Mountain Medical Center, according to officials, and later airlifted to a Lubbock hospital.
The dog, a male PIT BULL in a fenced yard, bit her hand after she reached over the fence to pet it, authorities said.
Multiple "Beware Of The Dog" signs are posted on the fence and "have always been there," according to neighbors.
The dog was up to date on all required shots, officials confirmed Friday, and remains quarantined pending further investigation.
Police could not confirm if the owner of the dog will face criminal charges.
The owner declined to comment.
"She shouldn't have to take responsibility for someone not being able to read signs," one neighbor said.
Another Harding Street resident, Frank Kennedy, claimed he had previously seen the 35-year-old woman trespassing and provoking a dog at the residence adjacent to his.
"She walked into the gate over there," he said, pointing next door. "That dog got quarantined [after Animal Control officers were called to the scene]. It cost [my neighbor] almost $200 to get his dog back."
Big Spring authorities did not immediately respond to questions concerning the earlier incident.
The dog bite victim's condition remained unknown Friday evening.
Jacque Adimare, an Odessa Animal Control official and shelter manager, urged people to exercise "good judgment" and be aware of body language around all dog breeds.
"[Some people] have a harsh perception of pit bulls," she said. "I think that's really misconstrued... I would recommend using the same type of caution around a pit bull that you would use around a Chihuahua."