A North Carolina mom has died after being attacked by two pit bulls that she was dog sitting at home on Thursday.
Trena Peed let the two dogs out of the backyard to her home in the early hours of the morning and neighbors shortly heard her crying for help. The neighbors swiftly called 911.
In calls heard by Fox 8, they can be heard telling the 911 receiver: “It’s dark. All I hear is her yelling and her dogs over there attacking her.”
“All i know is that they…they done drug her into the dark,” they said on the call.
Peed’s son was asleep inside the house and woke to the sad news of his mother’s passing. Her daughter expressed her upset at the news in a GoFundMe page setup to cover her funeral costs in Virginia.
“Early this morning, my mom was tragically taken from us by a vicious attack from a dog. My mom has always been a true example of strength, love and determination,” wrote daughter Waynesha Peed.
My siblings, grandmother, family and I are heartbroken at her sudden passing. She has endured and overcome so much, most recently losing two sons two years apart, both by tragic car accidents. By her faith, she always had a smile on her face that could light up any room, loved to laugh, cook, enjoy life & had a heart of gold.”
Peed’s neighbor and friend of over 15 years spoke on the tragedy to Fox 8, saying: “It’s terrible. She got mauled to death. That’s terrible.”
According to DogsBite.org, a group that aims to reduce the number of serious dog attacks, 22 fatal dog attacks have been recorded in the U.S. so far this year. DogsBite also reports that 35 breeds were involved in 433 human deaths as a result of a fatal bite in a 13-year period. The 2018 report found that pit bulls were involved in nearly 66 percent of attacks.
The two pit bulls were ultimately shot at by police in an attempt to help Peed. Police told media that it was the only option to stop the attack. “Shots fired,” was heard on the traffic radio, followed by: “I got one dog down, it’s another one out here.”
Guilford County Animal Services now have the surviving pit bull in quarantine. As it stands, any possible charges will come from Greensboro Police, though it’s currently unconfirmed if any will be made.
Newsweek has contacted Greensboro Police for comment.
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