Teen dies after being attacked by pack of dogs, family member says

A teenager was injured in a dog attack in South Knox County / Source: WVLT News
A teenager was injured in a dog attack in South Knox County / Source: WVLT News(WVLT)
Published: Aug. 23, 2019 at 5:35 PM EDT
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The teen attacked by five dogs on August 23 has died, according to a statement from a man who identifies himself as a family member.

The owners of the dogs that attacked the teen decided to euthanize them.

WVLT News spoke to the owner who said the attack "was traumatizing for all parties involved." They said after what has happened, they have decided to put them down.

The owners said they knew the victim and were praying for her recovery.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office has released the reports from the dog attack that occurred on Friday, August 23 on Crescent Drive.

According to the reports, investigators responded to 6517 Crescent Drive at 1:52 p.m. for reports of multiple dogs attacking 19-year-old teen. A witness told deputies that the teen had returned to the witness' home to pick up her purse after leaving it there on the night of August 22.

The witness said she heard the victim screaming and ran to the door of her home where she saw four to five dogs dragging her and tossing her in the air. The witness told investigators she heard the victim scream, "No, Boscoe, and "Help me, help me!"

Officials with the sheriff's office said the victim was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center. According to records, when deputies arrived at the scene she was unresponsive, covered in mud and blood with her hair matted to her head. According to the report, her clothes were gone because the dogs had torn them off.

Deputies report that five dogs attacked the young woman including a mastiff named Boscoe, a Rottweiler named Buddy, another Mastiff named Camo, a pitbull named Nila, and a mastiff/ lab mix named Duke.

Duke was shot and killed by deputies. The others ran away after shots were fired.

The dogs' owners, who live at the neighboring home, told investigators that none of the dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations. Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, all of the dogs were taken to Young Williams Animal Center except Darla.

"The dogs were doing their jobs," the owner told investigators in the earlier reports. However, the owners told WVLT News on Wednesday that they never trained their dogs to attack and didn't think that they ever would attack anyone.

According to the report, the owner said the dogs were restrained by an electric fence that was not buried.

Deputies reported that when they tried to explain that this type of fence was not allowed, one of the owners claimed the deputy was "hostile" then yelled, "you shot my dog!"

WVLT News reached out to the University of Tennessee Medical Center to learn more about the 19-year-old's condition, but they were not permitted to release any information.

The investigation remains ongoing.

WVLT News chose not to release the name of the victim to protect her privacy, but readers should be aware of a fake GoFundMe account being shared on social media that cites the incident.

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