An 83-year-old Robeson County woman has died after being mauled by four pit bulls. Alemeaner Dial was attacked by the dogs in her front yard last Saturday. She was taken off life support Friday morning.
The dogs belonged to Dial’s granddaughter who had been living with her since the summer.
“As I pulled into the driveway I could see three dogs on my grandmother and I just did everything I could getting here as quick as possible,” said the woman’s grandson, Johnathan Dial.
Johnathan Dial was the first to arrive last Saturday night after neighbors heard screams coming from his grandmother. She was being attacked by four pit bull dogs. When Dial got there he said his grandmother Alemeaner Dial was on her back crying for help, all four dogs surrounding her.
“I’m glad I got to her when I did. Lord knows I wish I had gotten to her long before…the dogs had to have been on her for a long time,” said Dial.
Dial says the dogs quickly ran off after he yelled and clapped his hands together. He says his grandmother’s scalp had been removed and all of her limbs were severely mauled.
Dial shot and killed one of the dogs, the other three had run off and were soon caught by animal control. They have now been euthanized.
Dial says the family had made efforts to have these dogs removed from where his grandmother was living but nothing ever happened. The Robeson County Health Department says the owners were not in any violation.
“What you have to realize is animal control looks at are the animals vaccinated and are they confined? And in this case they were. And the fact that the house is inside the confinement is no different than the dog being inside the house,” said Bill Smith,
Robeson County Health Department director.
Dial says this incident with his grandmother should be a warning sign for everyone.
“Everybody knows pit bulls are dangerous, whether they are around a little child or a young man or an elderly person. Pit bulls, they ought to be watched,” said Dial.
The family is mourning a loss they feel like could have been prevented.