Woman barely survives dog attack in SLO
October 15, 2015
A Grover Beach woman narrowly survived a recent dog attack that has left her with surgically repaired arms and inner thighs and no feeling in some sections of her limbs. [KSBY]
Gina MacPherson, a housekeeper, was cleaning a client’s home in San Luis Obispo when the family’s two-year-old American bulldog-mastiff mix managed to enter the house and jump on her. The attack occurred on Sept. 28. at a home on Isabella Way.
MacPherson had worked for the client for eight months. She is now suing the owner of the dog.
MacPherson said she was vacuuming the dining room when the dog attacked her. The dog was named Sugar.
The dog grabbed her shirt and started ripping it off, MacPherson said. The dog then ripped her shorts and knocked her down.
MacPherson’s attorney, James Murphy, said the dog would chomp and then swallow as if it was eating her. The attack lasted for 15 minutes, Murphy said.
MacPherson likely would have died had a courageous neighbor not come to the rescue, Murphy said.
San Luis Obispo Police Lt. Jeff Smith said the neighbor who stepped in is a woman who is familiar with the dog. The woman went over with a shovel and began hitting the dog, Smith said.
The woman also suffered injuries.
Shortly after the woman intervened, police and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services personnel arrived and succeeded in getting the dog to release MacPherson.
MacPherson said she did not think she was going to survive the attack. Her elbow was ripped off during the attack, and she could see her entire bone, MacPherson said.
Now, when she tries to go to sleep, all she sees is the dog’s eyes and face, MacPherson said.
Murphy said he filed suit against the owner Wednesday afternoon in order to take care of MacPherson’s medical costs.
Animal Services Manager Eric Anderson said investigators have not yet determined who is at fault for the attack. Anderson said the dog was confined within its yard and house, and it is a little open ended as to whether or not the owner has direct responsibility.
There were some past contacts with the dog, including a bite, Anderson said.
Animal Services is expected to complete its criminal investigation next week.
The owner has put down the dog.