HAWTHORNE, Fla. — A Jacksonville man is speaking out after his 86-year-old mother was attacked by dogs, leaving her in a Gainesville hospital with an amputated leg and severe injuries.
Gertrude Bishop, was grabbing groceries from the car early in the morning on May 26 on Sally Street in Hawthorne, when the unexpected happened.
"Apparently the dogs from across the street, came into her yard came around to her car and the top protector at her car," Wayne Thomas, the victim’s son, said.
The family believes the dogs were two pit bulls. According to the police report, a next-door neighbor heard the screams, ran across the street and hit the dogs with a metal chair, giving enough time to drag Bishop away.
The neighbors than called Wayne Thomas, her son, who rushed from his home in Jacksonville to the scene.
“For an 86-year-old woman to try to fend off two dogs that are pretty strong and pretty muscular. It was just too much ask for her to do," Thomas said.
The retired veteran suffered injuries to her legs, arms and face.
She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors amputated her leg due to the severity of the bites.
“She shouldn't be in the hospital. She should be at home resting comfortably, enjoying Memorial Day, like all the other veterans out there," Thomas said. "Now having to give up her independent living lifestyle and live with her family to take care of her for the rest of her life when she didn't have to go through any of this.”
An investigation by the Putnam County Sheriffs’ into whether the owner of the dogs will face criminal charges is underway. The two dogs were placed in quarantine.
The family has started a GoFundMe to help with medical costs.
This is not the first dog attacked story we’ve brought you so far on first coast news and here are some tips from animal control experts on what you should if you encounter a unfamiliar animal on the loose in your neighborhood;
- Do not approach, get to a safe location and if the owner is around, alert them to the situation.
- Block access to your property if possible.
- File a report with the police or animal control.