Local nurse says she was mauled while walking the Atlanta BeltLine

ATLANTA — Atlanta police are asking for help to find the owner of a dog that attacked a nurse on the BeltLine.

Lane Pilcher said she was mauled by a pit bull during an April 2 walk with her dog, near the Bitsy Grant tennis courts on the BeltLine.

“There was just flesh hanging from my arm,” Pilcher said.

Pilcher is a local nurse, who treats COVID-19 patients.

She said she spotted a woman with the pit bull and then, within seconds, the dog attacked.


“The next thing I knew I heard her scream and the dog was just flying at me,” Pilcher said.

She told Channel 2’s Audrey Washington the dog would not let go and tore into her right arm.

“All I had time to do was grab my dog and turn my back,” Pilcher said.

When the dog let go paramedics rushed Pilcher to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Doctors performed surgery on her badly wounded right arm. The woman and her dog took off.

Atlanta police released pictures of the suspected dog owner and put up signs along the Beltline, asking for anyone with information about the dog owner, to come forward.

“How unbelievable that she would just leave me and this badly injured in this situation,” Pilcher said.

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