9-1-1 caller: “blood everywhere” at scene of dog attack
The neighbor called for help, as an elderly woman was attacked in front of his home.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
CREATED Mar. 9, 2012
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 9-1-1 recording just released gives a better picture of what it was like when two dogs viciously attacked an elderly woman. The mauling happened Wednesday morning north of Tucson when the 89-year-old went to get her mail. She was left with serious injuries.
The 9-1-1 caller was a neighbor, who identified himself as Ryan Hines, who saw part of the attack happening in front of his house. He described the scene, with “blood everywhere,” as emergency responders rushed to rescue a woman under attack.
From the recording, provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Department:
- Operator: “What's your emergency?”
- Caller: “North Villa Carina, Tucson Arizona.”
- Operator: “What's going on there?”
- Caller: “There's a dog attack. The person is down. Serious injuries.”
Serious injuries that Pima County Animal Care says was caused by two pit bulls, now under quarantine.
- Operator: “And it's happening right now?”
- Caller: “Right now. Just ended. The dog is on the street. Someone's like seriously, seriously injured. There's blood everywhere.”
The victim, 89-year-old Miriam Seymour, was getting her mail when the pair of dogs mauled her.
- Operator: “OK. I'm going to go ahead and transfer you to the paramedics
in your area.”
- Caller: OK. “Are they on their way?”
- Operator: “Yeah, I already have...”
Neighbors Cody and Cole Sexton rushed to help. "It was pretty scary. It was pretty aggressive,” Cody told 9 On Your Side. “They were chained together and they were wrapped around her so they were trying to beat them off."
The sheriff's department report states Cody "said the two Pit Bulls were biting [Miriam.] Cole stated that he and his brother managed to free [Miriam] from the chain and, 'beat the dogs back' to get them off of [Miriam.] He said the dogs then retreated..."
Paramedics arrived, rushing Seymour to UAMC with serious injuries That day, the victim's sister-in-law said Seymour had several bites down to the bone on her shoulders and arm. UAMC tells 9 On Your Side Seymour is listed in fair condition Friday.