LINDEN, CUMBERLAND COUNTY NC - A WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY 2 GREAT DANES AS SHE WAS JOGGING
A Linden woman is in critical condition after she was mauled by two GREAT DANES on Sunday night while jogging in a neighborhood about a mile south of Linden, Cumberland County Animal Control said.
Monica Stephenson, whose age was not available, was jogging on Sunnyfield Lane, which is where she lives, when the dogs attacked her, Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby said. The attack was reported at 6:35 p.m
The owner, Scott Nesbitt, said Stephenson was familiar with the dogs and had played with them in the past, according to Lauby.
Nesbitt was not available to answer questions on the incident.
The dogs, Nora and Olaf, both about 2 years old, got out of the owner's fenced yard, Lauby said.
Nora was pregnant at the time and set to give birth "any day now," Nesbitt told investigators in an incident report.
Neighbors heard the woman screaming.
One man ran to help and managed to get the dogs off Stephenson.
“She has severe bites to the back of her head, her neck, her face and legs,” Lauby said.
One of the bites on her neck separated a cervical vertebrae from the spine, he said.
Stephenson was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. A spokesman there confirmed Monday morning that she Stephenson was in critical condition.
Nesbitt agreed to surrender the dogs, who had received rabies vaccinations. Both were euthanized on Monday and their bodies have been sent to a state lab for rabies testing .
Great Danes are known as gentle, docile and obedient dogs, according to the American Kennel Club website, and not known for aggressive tendencies. Lauby said he doesn't know what prompted the attack.
No charges have been filed against anyone involved in the incident as of Monday evening, Lauby said. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.