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Spring Hill woman injured while trying to save her pets in dog attack

SPRING HILL — A Hernando County woman was seriously injured and one of her dachshunds was killed by dogs that escaped through a hole in a neighbor's fence, authorities reported.

Michelle Porrata, 38, told a Hernando County sheriff's deputy that she had let her two dachshunds into the back yard of her house on Delaware Drive on Wednesday afternoon. She looked out a window and saw that her neighbor's three large dogs had come through a hole in the wooden fence where a panel had come loose and were circling her pets.

Two of the neighbor's dogs — a shepherd and a Great Dane — had grabbed her male dachshund. As Porrata tried to rescue her dog, she was bitten several times on her left leg and left buttock and also suffered a bite to her left hand, the report stated.

The two dogs dragged her dog to the front of her home, where it died from its injuries. Her second dachshund was also injured, the report stated.

A neighbor reported hearing Porrata scream and seeing the dogs attack the smaller animals. A third dog, a Labrador, was running in circles around the other dogs and was not taking part in the attack, he said.

Porrata was taken to Oak Hill Hospital, where she received 11 stitches for her injuries.

Porrata told the deputy that she wanted the three dogs destroyed, and the deputy said he would notify Animal Control. The deputy noted, however, that the animals were not running loose and that a section of the fence had fallen away and that the dogs had accidentally escaped.

The owner of the three larger dogs, Brian Kearney, told the deputy that he will do the right thing by either destroying his two dogs, the shepherd and Great Dane, or trying to find them another home.

Spring Hill woman injured while trying to save her pets in dog attack 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:31pm]
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