STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A 91-year-old woman has died from severe bite wounds after her own dog attacked her in her kitchen on Friday.
Stella Antanaitis was taken to Bridgeport Hospital after the dog, a keeshound mix, began getting aggressive and attacked her. The incident happened at 75 Judith Terrace in Stratford.
Police said when they arrived, it was a very violent scene and that Antanaitis was left with “a lot of blood.” She was somehow able to call 9-1-1 herself.
Residents saw the emergency responders at the scene, but didn’t know what happened. As word of the dog attack spread through the neighborhood, people could not believe the extent of her injuries.
“Both arms, badly mutilated, that is crazy. It seems unreal to happen around here,” said neighbor Amy Garrison.
Police said the woman owned the dog for eight years. Neighbors said Antanaitis adopted the dog as a puppy, and it had been very well cared for. According to neighbors, the dog had never done anything like this before. Police said it was a very disturbing incident because the dog seemed to have attacked out of nowhere.
“It’s a very quiet neighborhood,” one neighbor said. “All the dogs around here are very friendly, and we know the owners of most of the dogs around here.”
Antanaitis died of her wounds at Bridgeport Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
The dog is currently in the custody of Animal Control until the conclusion of the investigation. Officials are still trying to figure out why the dog snapped, and will look at every possible scenario, including rabies.