Athlete training for Olympic trials attacked by pit bull mix, suffers multiple gruesome bites
She was attacked by the dog when she was training, and it is quite.a shock since the dog never had a history of attacking other people.
It does not really matter how fast you run, a pit bull will always outrun you and Caitlin Keen is pretty well aware of that. The 26-year-old elite runner, who will be trying out for the Olympics 2020, reported that she was running on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth when she was attacked by a pit bull mix. She was attacked by the dog, who appeared in a camo-vest, named Taco in Texas. Reportedly, Keen has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials but unfortunately fell prey to the dog's vicious attack.
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The 26-year-old told CBS that the owner was nowhere to be found when she was attacked by Taco, "the dog came running right at me and jumped up right on me and pulled me down to the ground," she said. "I was just terrified. I really thought it was going to try to kill me."
She elaborated, "I could not have gotten away on my own," Keen said. "This dog was stronger than me and was faster than I was." She described the incident as, "It leaped up from a couple of feet ahead of me, and grabbed itself onto my arm and pulled me down onto the ground. I was running and a pit bull off its leash jumped right on me and it bit me!" Keen suffered multiple gruesome bite marks from her right shoulder down to her buttocks.
Fortunately enough there were two people who came to her rescue. Passerby Tyler Caviness, who was walking his two dogs along the trail at the time and witnessed the mauling, came to her rescue as he managed to grab Taco by his collar and sit on top of him.
He stated, "I knew she was scared for her life and you know at that point I just kind of, you know, there was nobody else in the vicinity. Another fellow runner, too, came to help as he hurled rocks at the pit bull mix to scare it off. Even among all this commotion, the owner of the dog was nowhere. However, Keen continues to thank her stars for being lucky, "I mean I'm lucky I'm alive," she said. "I'm lucky I had two people walk up at that same time because I don't know what would have happened."
According to NBCDFW, a city official said the owner may be cited for not having her dog on a leash and that if Keen files a formal complaint, the animal may ultimately be put down. The dog will be quarantined in the shelter for at least 10 days until a decision is made, the official said.
Taco, who apparently has no history of biting, was taken away by staff from Fort Worth Animal Control and placed in quarantine. The dog will remain in the city animal shelter for at least 10 days until a decision is reached concerning its fate. Keen, who was a star runner at SMU, plans to continue her training for the February 2020 Olympic trials in Atlanta and is determined to return to Trinity Trail. "This isn't going to stop me from doing what I want to do," she told the local NBC station.