Prosecutors to decide whether to charge owners of dogs that attacked woman

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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Henry County police are investigating a serious dog bite case in Stockbridge Thursday afternoon.

According to officers, Maria Inez Troncoso was attacked by "pit-type dogs" in the 100 block of Willow Trace in the Windsong Subdivision while walking her poodle and her blind Sheltie. Neighbors called 911 after seeing the attack. Channel 2's Jeff Dore learned that neighbors tried fend off the dogs using a broom.

When the officers arrived a few minutes later, they found the dogs actively attacking the woman on her neck. Officers shot the two dogs on the scene.

The victim was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries and blood loss.

Neighbor Earl Johnson said most of the damage was to the woman's face.

"I was scared. There was a guy with a broom trying to get the dogs, to drag the dogs off, but the dogs keep going at her until the cops came. The first come comes, and, 'Bam. Bam'," Johnson said.

Animal Control said the dogs were pit bull terriers and were roaming the area before the attack.

After the attack, the victim's blind, black and white Sheltie ran away. Animal Control was able to locate the dog later in the evening.

Animal Control said they have identified the owners of the pit bull terriers. Prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against the owners after discussing the case with investigators.


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