By Max Hrenda
A Johnson City woman was described as being in “serious condition” after Carter County Sheriff’s Department officers say she was mauled by her pet pit bull.
At approximately 12:28 Sunday morning, CCSD officers arrived at an apartment at 109 Oscar Banks Road and reported finding the 21-year-old woman, who was not identified, being “viciously attacked” by her 1 1/2-year-old dog.
When the dog would not respond to verbal commands, the attack concluded when Sgt. Wayne Pritchard shot the dog four times, killing it.
In a press release, Sheriff Chris Mathes said the woman suffered several puncture and bite wounds – some of which he described as “life-threatening” - and was treated at the scene by Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad before being transported to Johnson City Medical Center for emergency surgery.
“The victim remains in very serious condition,” Mathes said.