A 53-year-old Palm Bay, Florida, woman was attacked by three pit bulls as she walked back to her house from her mailbox on Tuesday, July 30. It happened about 5:30 p.m., and the woman told the news media the dogs “were beelining” for her and “just seemed to be in the mood” to attack after getting out of her neighbor’s yard.

She said the dogs started growling and barking at her when they approached. She yelled at them to go away, but it didn’t do any good. After knocking her to the ground, the dogs bit her all over her body. She was helpless, the woman said, as she lay in the driveway.

The woman used her flip-flops to hit at the dogs, but she said the dogs could have easily seriously injured or killed a child. The woman doesn’t know how long the dogs were attacking her. She yelled for help and another neighbor came running with a shovel in hand.

The neighbor was able to get the dogs off of the woman. An ambulance was called and the woman was transported to the hospital. She spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the hospital receiving treatment for her injuries suffered from the dogs attack.

Animal control also responded and took the dogs away. The woman said she had called animal control several times in the past because of the dogs. She believes this attack was inevitable because the dogs frequently got loose.

According to officials at the South Brevard Animal Center, the pit bulls will be put down within 10 days.

According to Florida state law, the owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done to a person, domestic animals or livestock. There is no “one free bite.” If you or someone you love is the victim of a dog bite, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. You may be able to receive financial compensation for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.

Source: wtsp.com, – No author given, August 1, 2013