MOSS POINT MS - A GRANDMOTHER IS THE HOSPITAL AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL SHE ONCE OWNED AND HAD GIVEN TO ANOTHER WOMAN...SHE SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK AND THE RESPONDING OFFICER SHOT THE MONSTER TO GET IT OFF HER!!!
A woman traveled to a friend's home in Moss Point simply to visit, but an encounter with an old friend landed her in the hospital, according to Chief Calvin Hutchins.
Barbara Mccauley was visiting a friend on Wednesday, when a dog came up to her to greet her. According to Hutchins, Mccauley attempted to pet the dog, which was a PIT BULL, but the dog began to attack her.
Ofc. Casey Vick responded to the scene on Gregory Street where he saw Mccauley being attacked by the pit bull. Vick intervened, striking the dog with gunfire, killing him.
Hutchins said the dog was on a leash, but broke the chain that it was on before he approached Mccauley. Apparently, Mccauley was familiar with the pit bull -- according to Hutchins, Mccauley had given the pit bull away to a local woman.
Mccauley was transported to Singing River Hospital where she underwent surgery for her injuries. Because of the trauma caused by the mauling, she also suffered a heart attack in the process.
She is still being held at the hospital under observation and is listed in stable condition.
As for the pit bull, he was transported to the kennel, processed, sent to the health department, and will finally be sent to Jackson for examination to make sure it did not have rabies or any other transferable viruses.
Leash laws are in effect in Jackson County, meaning allowing your pet to roam free on the property of your neighbors or any other public property is illegal.
Per the Jackson County Animal Shelter, owners who are in violation of that can be charged with a crime or could include fines of up to $100 per charge.
Statewide, Mississippi does not have laws banning a certain breed of dog breeds. While the City of Gautier has enacted laws for dangerous pets, Moss Point has not.