OVERTON, TX (KLTV) - A vicious dog attack leaves an East Texas woman critically injured and in ICU.
The attack happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning at a residence in the 1000 block of County Road 1113, just north of Overton.
Eighty-year-old Pauline Jones loved to walk her road, and was out getting her morning paper when a group of neighborhood mixed breed dogs approached.
"After she got her newspaper or while she was getting it she was attacked by some dogs," says Rusk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Vicki Penny.
Without warning, five dogs savagely attacked, taking Jones to the ground.
"A witness was driving by and saw the dogs on the lady, so they stopped and got the dogs off the victim," Penny says.
Jones had multiple wounds to her arms, legs and torso. Husband John says Pauline's lower leg was torn apart.
"She's lost the use of her right leg and she may lose the leg. It will break her heart because she loves to walk," he says.
They had never had problems with the dogs before.
"The dogs belong to one of the neighbors," says Penny.
"They're lap dogs, the other ones just played follow the leader," John says.
"The investigation continues but we have no idea at this time as to what caused the dogs to attack," adds Penny.
Jones is stable, but remains in ICU. Mister Jones says there's one thing everyone can do to help.
"You're doing all you can if your praying," he says.
Deputies caught the dogs, which have all been put down, and their remains have been sent to check for possible rabies. At this time the Rusk county sheriffs office says no charges have been filed against the dogs owner, but the case remains under investigation.