911 Call: School Secretary Attacked by Pit Bull on Campus

June 11th, 2010 by

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — A school secretary is recovering after emergency surgery for a ruptured artery she suffered when she was attacked by a pit bull that wandered into her office in Garden Grove.

It happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbury Elementary School.

“The dog followed a parent into the office,” said Alan Trudell, spokesman for the Garden Grove Unified School District.

The secretary, 65-year-old Marilyn Reyes, was trying to get the dog out of the office when she was attacked.

The bite punctured an artery in Reyes’ arm.

School employees, including the principal, were able to restrained the dog and called 911.

According to Trudell, the dog owner lives close to the school and told officials that one of his children may have left the door open, allowing the dog to escape.

The dog was shot by animal control officers with a tranquilizer and taken into custody.

The dog will be euthanized if the owner “surrenders” it to officials.

Otherwise, the dog’s fate will be decided after the 10-day period.

Reyes was transported to Fountain Valley Hospital Tuesday where she underwent a two-hour surgery to repair the ruptured artery.

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