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Tuesday, November 27 2012, 11:56 PM EST
94 Year old Woman Mauled by Her Own Dogs
TIPP CITY -- A 94-year-old woman is in the hospital in serious condition after being brutally mauled by her own dogs.  It happened Tuesday morning at the woman's home on State Route 202 in Tipp City.  Authorities say the Boston Terriers ripped chunks of flesh off Elizabeth Hirt’s hands and legs.
   
“She loved her dogs, they were like her kids.  Hopefully she'll be alright,” said Kathie Perri, Hirt’s neighbor of 40 years.

Miami County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Hirt's home around 9:30am by her son who had stopped in to check on her. 

“I need a squad.  My 94-year-old mother has been bit by the dog pretty severely and is laying on the floor,” he told 911 dispatch.

Chunks of flesh were torn from her hands and legs.  Authorities say some of the bite marks went down to the bone.

“There was a large amount of blood when we got there,” said Marcia Doncaster, Director of the Miami County Animal Shelter.

The dogs were taken to Animal Control where they were quiet and didn’t show any signs of aggression.

“When they showed up here, they were covered in blood, very saturated,” Doncaster said.

Authorities Hirt's daughter was there at the time of the mauling, but was passed out from being intoxicated.  They still aren't sure why the dogs attacked.  One theory is Hirt tripped over one of them and fell.  According to neighbors, they've always been sweet animals. 

“She loved them and they loved her,” Perri said.

The family members signed over the dogs to Animal Control.  They're going to be quarantined for 10 days, then they will be euthanized.

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TIPP CITY -- A 94 year old woman is in critical condition right now after being severely mauled in her own home by her own dogs.  Miami County Sheriff's deputies were called to Elizabeth Hirt's home this morning by Hirt's son, who'd stopped in to check on her.

Deputies say Hirt was on the floor, mauled and bloody and the culprits were Hirt's two Boston Terriers.  Authorities say Hirt had chunks of flesh eaten off of her hands and legs.  Hirt was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight, where she is undergoing surgery.

The dogs were taken to the Miami County Animal Shelter, where officials say they have not shown any signs of aggression.

"When they showed up here, they were covered in blood, very saturated.'' Marcia Doncaster, from the Miami County Animal Shelter told us, ''We tried to clean them off, but they were pretty messy when they got here.''

Authorities say they don't know why the dogs attacked, but they think the woman may have tripped over one of the animals and fallen down.



94 Year old Woman Mauled by Her Own Dogs

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