Woman, 56, attacked by pit bull

COVINGTON -- A woman was attacked and seriously injured by her nephew's pit bull dog Saturday morning, according to a Covington Police Department incident report.

The report states that a 56-year-old woman, who lives on Newton Drive, customarily used the entry way of a fence to go into the back yard of the family members living next door.

The woman's nephew said he had let his 5-year-old pit bull out to relieve himself around 10 a.m. and then heard his brother saying, "Get off."

" ... he ran outside and found (the victim) lying on the ground with the dog on top of her," the report states.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center where it was determined she had a broken hip, broken arm and "also suffered from a bite to the neck which punctured (the victim's) windpipe," the report states.

The owner of the dog told CPD officers that he took the dog to another relative's house where he shot it in the head with a .380-caliber handgun and buried the remains.

When Animal Control officers were called to the scene, the owner was informed that he would have to retrieve the dog's body in order to have it tested for rabies.

According to Freddie Ellis, senior administrative specialist with Newton County Animal Control, it turned out that there wasn't enough of the dog's brain tissue left to be tested and they are currently trying to ascertain if the dog was up-to-date on his rabies shots.

"Nobody knows why the dog attacked," she said.