ARAB, AL (WAFF) - A woman is recovering in Huntsville Hospital after a vicious dog attack over the weekend.
It happened along Cullman Road in the Marshall County town of Arab on Friday. Arab Police said the dog owner was served with a notice Monday and the dogs must now be quarantined.
Police said some of the dogs had gotten into a fight the night of the incident, when 63-year-old Constance Stevens Boyd went into the back yard where the dogs were, in an attempt to break it up. Instead, the dogs turned on her.
Neighbors said the attack was very brutal, and some indicated they would be happy if the dogs were never to return.
Witnesses at the scene said when they got there the dogs had ripped her clothing off and were biting her. A man with a gun, witnesses said, was able to shoot into the ground to keep the dogs at bay while medics arrived.
Police said they cannot confiscate the dogs because they were on private property, but law does require them to be quarantined.
"He (the owner) is to have the animals taken to a licensed veterinarian to be held for ten days. The reason for that is to make sure these dogs don't show any signs of rabies," said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn.
State health officials placed two adult dogs and seven puppies in quarantine. The state will release the dogs after ten days if they show no signs of rabies infection.
Boyd remains in Huntsville Hospital in good condition.
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