Animal shelter director bitten by dog opens up

Published on Thursday, 2 July 2015 09:02 - Written by

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- The Smith County animal shelter director is recovering after being attacked by one of the dogs at the shelter.

"This is not going to stop me from doing what I love to do. These dogs out here are my life and Ill take my last breath saving them," Shelter Director Nanette Moss said.

Tuesday, this dog Rex bit her as she was putting him back in his cage. Moss doesnt blame the dog.

"Even though it is a pit and pits get bad raps, it had to be something in his past life that he had dealt with prior to coming to our shelter,” Moss said.

Moss was able to free herself from the dog, lock herself in her office and call for help.

Rex was shot and killed by another animal control officer.

Thats a risk she takes working at a shelter. When these officers pick up a dog, they never know the animals background is.

“I love all my dogs that are in this shelter. I put my hands on them 3 to 4 times a day- walking them, loving them, just letting them know someone does care even though they are dumped or a stray,” Moss said.

Moss spent Tuesday afternoon in the hospital, getting stitches, but Wednesday shes right back at the shelter, saying she just cant stay away and shes missing Rex, a dog she spent a lot of time with.

“I dont blame the dog one bit, if he was still here today, I would love him. I tended to that dog for 9 days and he was part of me,” Moss said.

The dogs body was sent for a rabies test. However, Moss stays vaccinated as a precaution so no matter the results she will not have to undergo the painful rabies treatment.