A woman in Iowa lost both legs and will require facial reconstruction surgery following an attack by three pit bulls. The incident occurred on the morning of November 23 when the three dogs attacked young mother Brittany Skoland at her home in Fort Dodge. A neighbor heard her screams and called police, who shot the dogs.
A statement from the Fort Dodge Police Department said the responding officer tried to scare the dogs away but to no effect. He “then drew his duty weapon and shot all three dogs multiple times to stop the attack.” The Fire Department arrived on the scene and transported the victim to the Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center, from where she was flown to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Ms. Skoland fund her medical bills, and her aunt wrote that she endured severe head injuries and her home will need special accommodations because she will be wheelchair-bound.
Journalists from a local TV channel reportedly attempted to speak to the dogs’ owners, but they “yelled obscenities” and told the reporters to leave.
Pit bulls account for the highest number of dog attacks in the United States. The American Animal Hospital Association reports that the breed is responsible for 22.5% of dog bites, with mixed breeds slightly behind at 21.2% and German shepherds in third place at 17.8%. Pit bulls are also more likely to cause serious injury or death than any other breed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the dogs are responsible for 28% of fatal attacks.
Four main pit bull types share similar physical characteristics, such as a muscly frame and broad head. These are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bully. They generally weigh around 30-65 pounds and measure 17-21 inches in height. They are intelligent animals with a life span ranging from 8 to 15 years.