Kentucky woman dies from injuries suffered after her pit bull of two years viciously attacked her
45-year-old April Collins sustained multiple injuries to her arm, shoulder, face, and neck, and succumbed to her wounds one day after the attack.
A 45-year-old woman who had been attacked by her pit bull died of her injuries last Friday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the Fayette County Coroner's Office has announced.
According to the Winchester Sun, April Collins, a resident of 403 Verna Drive, was found by her husband the previous evening when he got home from work at around 6:30 pm. Speaking about the incident, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. revealed that Collins had been mauled by the dog and was unresponsive when she was found.
Collins was transported to the Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) before being flown to the University of Kentucky for more extensive treatment. The attack had left her with multiple injuries to her arm, shoulder, face, and neck; she would eventually succumb to the wounds the next day.
It was reported that this was not the first time that the pit bull attacked Collins. Having gotten the dog in July 2017 when it was about nine weeks old, the pit bull is said to have bitten the 45-year-old on two previous occasions in just the last month alone.
An attack on September 29 had left her with facial injuries that required treatment at the CRMC. The pit bull then apparently attacked her again around a month later on October 31, Perdue divulged. However, the second incident was not reported to the authorities. Perdue also said that Collins was the caretaker of a second pit bull in the home. However, it was not involved in the attack.
The sheriff stated that the dog had been taken as evidence and that it is currently being kept at the Clark County Animal Shelter. He said that its fate has not yet been determined and that it will depend on where the department's investigation — one that Perdue has promised will be "drawn-out" — leads them.
"The dog is being held at the animal shelter under a court order until we are given further instruction," the Clark County Humane Society said in a statement. "I’m sorry but we are not able to provide additional details at this time."
Perdue said charges have not been filed against anyone and that the only one which would apply in this scenario would be the failure to notify authorities of an attack. The coroner's office has performed an autopsy on Collins' body but the official cause of death has not been released yet.