Pregnant Veterinarian Attacked By Dogs In Front Yard
POSTED: 4:49 pm EST November 12, 2009
UPDATED: 6:08 pm EST November 12, 2009
ELYRIA, Ohio -- A pregnant Elyria woman is recovering after being attacked by two dogs in her front yard.
Dr. Lisa Fox is a veterinarian and she used her training to help fight off the two mastiffs, saving her life and that of her unborn baby too.
Fox never imagined when she saw the two dogs standing in the street in front of her house that they would attack her.
The dogs belonged to her neighbor and Fox said she never saw them cause a problem in the neighborhood before.
"I walked inside of my house, grabbed two leashes and went off to either get them out of the road or hopefully attach a leash to them," said Fox.
By the time Fox got back outside, she said, chaos broke out.
"I don't know if it was the leashes in my hand that jingled, or if it's the fact I'm pregnant and emitting a different smell than normal, or if it's the fact they just happened to notice me. Within a split second, they had charged," Fox said. "And they were on top of me, attacking me. I was trained in vet school that you always act like a tree if you're being attacked by dogs or if dogs are charging you."
She said the dogs kept biting her hands and arms, which is where the majority of her puncture wounds are located.
Fox said she slowly walked back to her house and the dogs disappeared.
She didn't see where they went, but later found out that the dogs were hit by a car and killed on impact.
"Which, ironically, was the thing I was trying to stop from happening in the first place, so I feel bad for them and the owners," she said.
Lorain County officials said the dogs' owner, Donald Goble, was charged with having dogs at large and he didn't have a kennel license.
The owner told NewsChannel5 that he didn't know how the dogs got out of their enclosure.