Escambia County woman bit by own dogs, warning for dog owners

Escambia County woman bit by own dogs, warning for dog owners. (Source: WEAR-TV)

An Escambia County woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after being bit by her own dogs, according to Escambia County Animal Services.

The woman isn’t being identified but Animal Services says her three dogs, all large labs, got into a fight. The woman tried breaking it up but two of her dogs ended up biting her among the commotion.

It happened at the woman’s home on the 1600 block of Workman Lane, near 9 Mile Rd. and Pensacola Blvd, around 10 P.M. Wednesday night.

John Robinson is the manager of Escambia County Animal Services, he tells Channel 3 News dog owners being injured during a fight is a common call they frequently are seeing lately.

"Sometimes the dogs will just redirect, it's like toddlers will play and you try and break it up and they start fighting and you get hit as well,” Robinson said.

Robinson said if your dog’s start fighting to never try and touch them. If inside he recommends finding something to make a loud noise with to try and distract them. If outside he said a garden hose or something similar could work.

Dog owners we spoke to said it’s not something they’ve thought much about and will now pay closer attention to the risks.

"It's like saying that will never happen to me, or my kids would never do this. With kids and dogs you don't ever use the word never,” dog owner Francis McGuire said.

The woman’s dogs are all being held at the Escambia County Animal Shelter, the two that bit her are being held under quarantine for at least 10 days, the other dog is being taken care of until the woman is released from the hospital. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.

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