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Teague Woman Is Mauled By Pit Bulldog

While Delivering Meals on Wheels

BUFFALO LIVESTOCK MARKETING INC. was the Volume Buyer at the 2013 Freestone County Livestock Sale and were recently presented with the 2013 Volume Buyers Buckle. The deCordova’s, who are all three owners, wrote a check for $26,005.69 for animals purchased from Freestone County 4-H and FFA members. Pictured at the presentation are (l to r) owners Ty deCordova, Russ deCordova, Cam McSwane (presenting buckle), Cody deCordova, and Will McSwane (Fair Board member).

A volunteer for the local Meals on Wheels program in Teague was mauled by a pit bulldog on Tuesday morning, July 16th at approximately 10:45 a.m. as she came up on a porch to deliver a hot lunch to an elderly resident in the 200 block of Jackson Street in West Teague.

Viciously attacked by the animal, who has a history of biting humans, was Linda Red of Teague. The owner of the home at 221 Jackson, where the meal was being delivered, also received multiple bites to her body as she tried to pull the dog off of Ms. Red.

According to Teague Chief of Police Dennis Cox, Ms. Red was bitten multiple times in the face, on both arms, both legs and on her body. She was taken by life-flight helicopter to Scott and White in Temple. Ms. Red was released from the hospital on Thursday, July 18th and is recovering from the attack at home.

The owner of the home where the attack occurred, Sharon Bostic, and her daughter, Dominique Wright, were both taken by Fairfield EMS ambulance to ETMC Fairfield. According to Chief Cox, Bostic was treated for the bites she received and her daughter, Dominique Wright, was treated for an anxiety attack.

Chief Cox reports that two dogs actually bolted through the screen door as Ms. Red approached the porch of Bostic?s home, but the second dog, a mixed breed, was not attacking Ms. Red as she fought for her life with the pit bulldog on the front porch.

Both dogs were captured and are currently quarantined at Dr. Jess Adkins Veterinary office in Fairfield. Chief Cox reports that he expects the two dogs to be classified as ?Dangerous Animals? by Teague Municipal Court Judge Shirley Mayes, where the animals could be euthanized. The Chief noted that the pit bulldog, which attacked Ms. Red had been picked up by the Teague Animal control officer previously for biting another person.

Chief Cox said the investigation is still ongoing and that he was not sure if either dog had been vaccinated. The City of Teague has an ordinance in effect requiring dogs to be restrained either behind a fenced in area or restrained by a chain.

Teague Senior Citizen Center manager Kelly Salter said Ms. Red is an excellent volunteer for the and that her regular day to deliver meals to shut-ins in the Teague area is on Mondays, but that she was filling in, as she does all the time, for another volunteer who couldn?t deliver meals that morning.

Approximately 25 meals for home-bound senior citizens are delivered, on two separate routes, by Meals on Wheels volunteers each day.

Freestone County Senior Services Director Kathy Early reported that Linda is mentally determined to get through this ordeal and that she may require some plastic surgery on her face and extrementies.

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