Police are on the hunt for a for a loose PIT BULL that tore into the leg of an 83-year-old woman on her way to a doctor’s appointment.
Marge Scott, of Girard Avenue, was waiting outside for her sister around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday when two unattended dogs ran by and one of them latched onto her left leg.
“It would have got me more if my neighbor didn’t come,” Scott recalled Wednesday. “She threw a shoe at them. Oh, they were vicious.”
Surveillance video of the attack shows a black dog with white feet running north on Girard Avenue as Scott makes her way back to her front porch. As Scott reaches the steps, the pit bull and a second dog approach.
The attack unfolds in seconds as the pit bull repeatedly bites Scott’s leg and she goes down to her steps. The dog briefly runs away when neighbor Donna Coughlin approaches, but then returns in an aggressive stance. Coughlin can be seen shooing the dog away with a shoe before it finally runs away for good.
“She saved me. I don’t know if I would have made if I would have gotten bit any more,” Scott said. “The slacks I had on, my tan slacks, the blood was all the way up to my knee. The pants were covered.”
Scott said she went to Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre to get stitches for five separate bite wounds she sustained in the attack.
“I had to go back again last night because it started bleeding bad again,” Scott said. “I had to get more stitches in there.”
Scott is also taking the rabies vaccine as a precaution because the dog’s history is unknown, she said.
In the meantime, Scott said the police took a report and are reviewing the video to try identifying the dogs’ owner. Scott noted that children and elderly people frequent the neighborhood, and said she hopes the owner can be identified before someone else gets hurt.
“All I want is, get the dogs,” Scott said. “It’s a scary situation. ... I’m really afraid at my age, because I can’t run.”