Xenia woman attacked by pit bulls; one dog fatally shot by police

September 15th, 2010 by Staff

XENIA — A Xenia woman was attacked by two pit bulls at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday and later taken to Miami Valley Hospital with multiple bites to her legs and right arm.

The incident happened in the rear parking lot of the John Sale Manor Apartments at 119 W. Second St. when Linda McGaughey, 59, was out walking her Chihuahua.

Xenia police responded to the scene and saw the dogs attacking McGaughey, who was in distress and yelling for help. One officer fired his service weapon twice, fatally wounding one pit bull. McGaughey, the apartment manager at John Sale Manor, was transported to the hospital by fire personnel.

She was listed in good condition at Miami Valley Hospital late Tuesday night.

The second pit bull was captured by Animal Control a short time later at 129 S. King St. In a press release, Xenia police said all indications are that the officers acted appropriately with force to assist the woman who was being attacked and to protect themselves. Neither pit bull was wearing tags.

Sgt. Chris Stutes told WHIO-TV, “She had a small dog she was laying on top of, we think the pit bulls may have been attacking her Chihuahua,” who did not appear to be injured.

“One of the dogs started running towards the officers as they stood between the dogs and the woman on the ground, one of the dogs ran toward them and the officer shot him in the air, when he was about five feet away, jumping in the air at him,” Stutes told the TV station.

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