The attack happened around 12:45 Friday morning. Police were called to Terry Douglass' Baltimore home for a report of a dog bite. The 56-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
"I'm real shocked. I'm real shocked. Because I'm like, 'Really?' I mean, I know they had a big dog," says a neighbor who did not want to be identified.
Neighbors say Douglass raised the pit bull since it was a puppy. ABC2 learned Sunday that this isn't the first time that the dog attacked. According to Animal Control, the dog was impounded in April for biting Douglass and her nephew. Animal Control says the dog bit her nephew as he reached to the floor to pick up a piece of food; when Douglass tried to intervene, the dog also bit her.
"I've seen the dog," Iann Moser, a neighbor, said. "It's a vicious dog. It's real vicious. It's a scary thing. It's a scary sight. You don't want to get in his path."
Moser works with Douglass' nephew. "He came to work and was like my Aunt died. I was like, 'What happened?' He's like, 'The dog killed her,'" he said.
Moser says Douglass was very close to the dog. It's news that has shaken the entire block of East 30th Street.
"I've heard of a lot of pit bull attacks lately, but not murders," says neighbor Daitwn Barnes.
Barnes has a pit bull of his own; he says it's not the breed, and says his one-year-old 'Choco' wouldn't hurt a fly.
In a statement, Animal Control says dog attacks often result from multiple factors, it is not necessarily the breeds themselves that are dangerous.
"It's just a tragedy. It's just a real tragedy," a neighbor said.
According to Animal Control, the dog was quarantined for a 10-day period back in April, but was returned to Douglass upon request. Animal Control says they did not feel the dog was a threat to the public.
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