An 82-year-old woman who was mauled last month by three pit bulls running loose in her West Lubbock neighborhood died Friday.
The dogs bit Alva Rogers' arms and legs on June 7 during her morning walk, authorities said.
Rogers died at 4:37 p.m. Friday at Covenant Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since the attack, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Earlier this month, two dogs killed a 4-year-old boy who wandered into the yard where a husky and malamute were chained. Levi Bennett died within minutes from wounds to his neck and head.
The Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy today to determine Rogers' cause of death, Chief Medical Investigator Robert Byers said.
Witnesses called police about 10:50 a.m. June 7 after seeing Rogers seated on a neighbor's lawn and surrounded by the dogs.
Before officers arrived, a passer-by drove her car onto the lawn to scare the dogs, and a man tried to fend them off by swatting them with a backpack.
Cpl. Ruth Ann Surface and Officer C.D. Southerland used pepper spray to hold the dogs at bay until animal services workers captured them.
The dogs became aggressive because of a natural ''pack mentality'' that kicks in when multiple dogs act together, animal shelter manager Nancy Hickman said.
''These dogs were acting in a normal way. It happens with any breed of dog when there's more than one,'' Hickman said. ''That's why it seems the dog is mean as a junkyard dog.''
The dogs escaped from the yard at 4810 24th St. According to police, the fence was in disrepair and had numerous large holes.
The owner, Benjamin Lara, surrendered ownership of the dogs to animal services the day of the attack.
The dogs were euthanized 10 days later. They were not infected with rabies.
Elizabeth Langton can be contacted at 766-8795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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