Knox Co. woman discusses being mauled by neighbor's pit bull

Knox Co. woman discusses being mauled by neighbor's pit bull

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Before Powers managed to pull the dog off, he bit into Garrett's left hand and leg twice, pinning her against her own car in the driveway. Before Powers managed to pull the dog off, he bit into Garrett's left hand and leg twice, pinning her against her own car in the driveway.
The attack is shocking for other residents of Northgate Drive, where "Leash Law" signs are posted. The attack is shocking for other residents of Northgate Drive, where "Leash Law" signs are posted.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County woman is recovering at home, heavily bandaged, after being mauled by her neighbor's pit bull.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, it happened Saturday afternoon on Northgate Drive in North Knox County.

Deputies say Angela Garrett, 40, suffered severe bite wounds after trying to get the pit bull to leave her yard.

Garrett spoke to 6 News about what happened.

"I can still see the dog in my head. I'll never get that to go away," said Garrett, of Knoxville.

It was around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when Garrett says she first noticed her neighbor's two pit bulls had gotten loose and were in her front yard.

"Saw two dogs trying to get under my fence, trying to get to my two dogs. I shooed them away. About ten minutes later, I heard another commotion," said Garrett.

This time, the dogs' owner, identified by authorities as J.J. Powers of Knoxville, was in the yard, trying to take the dogs back home.

As Garrett was trying to calm her own dogs down, she says that's when the pit bull lunged at her.

"The dog just changed all the sudden and without warning," said Garrett.

Before Powers managed to pull the dog off, he bit into Garrett's left hand and leg twice, pinning her against her own car in the driveway.

"Two and a half inches deep. Almost nearly to the bone," said Garrett, talking about her leg wounds.

Garrett's hand may require surgery, and she also received multiple stitches Saturday night at the hospital.

But she says the emotional trauma is by far the worst.

"Standing outside today, even knowing the dog's nowhere near, I'm still looking behind my shoulder," said Garrett.

The attack is shocking for other residents of Northgate Drive, where "Leash Law" signs are posted.

"Everybody was just standing around like, wow, this never happens here, ya know. Just kind of a freak thing," said neighbor Ricky Thomas Bull of Knoxville.

Animal Control came and removed two pit bulls, a male and a female, from Powers' home in the 4400 block of Northgate Drive.

"That's a sense of relief," said Bull.

Garrett says she wants to focus on healing, and as traumatic of an attack as it was, as a dog owner, she's sorry when anyone has to lose their pets.

"It makes me look at dogs different now. Every time I see one now, I'm probably going to be scared. If you see a dog that you don't know, you need to be careful because you never know what's going to happen," said Garrett.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says the pit bulls are being housed at Young Williams Animal Center for evaluation, as the investigation continues.

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