A Spanaway woman died of a heart attack one week after being seriously injured by two pit bulls during her daily neighborhood walk.

Spanaway Woman Dies After Vicious Pit Bull Attack

Posted on Dec 27, 2013

One week after she was attacked by two pit bulls during a neighborhood walk, 65-year-old Nga Woodhead died of a heart attack related to her injuries.

According to the Seattle Times, Woodhead was about a mile from her house in Spanaway, Washington, while on her daily walk when the dog attack took place. The dogs attacked her from behind, grabbing one of her arms. She dialed her husband, Charles Woodhead, on his cell phone but could not give him her exact location. Finally, a passer-by and a neighbor came to her aid. The neighbor gave the passer-by a gun. The passer-by shot one dog, which ran away. The other dog was shot by police when they arrived at the scene. The wounded dog was also shot and killed. Authorities described both dogs as vicious.

Woodhead was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with severe lacerations, contusions, and bone fractures. She spent the week in the hospital for treatment and was awaiting her discharge papers when she suddenly died of a heart attack. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that her death was caused by her recent dog attack injuries.

The owner of the two pit bulls told police that he does not know how the dogs escaped from his yard, but that his pets had been friendly.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said that charges were pending against the dog owner as investigators collected the facts of the case. Charges could involve felonies related to negligence or recklessness.

Charles Woodhead said that his wife died just days before their 42nd wedding anniversary.


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