A Columbus woman and her dog are in a tough spot following a pit bull attack Thursday afternoon.
Rebecca Goodwin, 54, who is confined to a wheelchair, was walking her Chihuahuas, Little T.T. and Katie, on Eighth Avenue North between 15th Street and 16th Street when two loose pit bulls attacked them.
Goodwin sustained bites to her right leg and right hand and scratches to her left leg and hand. The bite marks on her hand came as she pulled one of her Chihuahuas from the jaws of one of the pit bulls.
Now that dog may have to have its broken leg amputated and Goodwin, who lives alone on disability payments, can barely afford her own medical bills; let alone the animal surgery.
During the course of the attack, Goodwin says the owner three times pulled the dogs back by their collars but intentionally released them. Two men who witnessed the attack eventually ran the dogs off.
Columbus animal control collected the dogs, which are being held at the Columbus/Lowndes Humane Society. The Columbus Police Department reported nobody claimed ownership of the dogs when officers arrived on the scene.
Goodwin says she knows who owns the dogs and he may be allowed to retrieve them after 10 days.
“I want them put down. They”ve got a taste of human blood and blood from other dogs. They”ve got scars all over their ears from fighting,” she said of the pit bulls.
Jason Browne was previously a reporter for The Dispatch.
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