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Woman dies after being attacked by her dog in Upper Macungie

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A Lehigh County woman was mauled to death by her own dog Thursday afternoon.

Police told 69 News the woman was attacked by the boxer mix at her Upper Macungie Township home around 1:30 p.m.

Neighbors on Spring White Drive said they heard the woman, who has not yet been publicly identified by officials, say "help me."

Moments later, neighbor Loretta Ottinger said she saw her next door neighbor lying on her back deck while the dog was biting her.

"He just wouldn't stop," Ottinger said.

Ottinger said the three-and-a-half-year-old dog was unstoppable, even when she tried to distract him to get him off of her injured neighbor.

"I had a ham in my refrigerator," Ottinger said. "I throw him the ham bone. He doesn't take it….he's so engrossed in…attacking her."

Ottinger said she urged her neighbor to roll over, to prevent more injury.

"I thought if she could just roll over, she could protect her neck more. Her head just leaned to the side. She didn't respond. She didn't move," Ottinger said.

That's when Ottinger screamed over to another neighbor and asked him to bring something she could use to force the dog off.

"He got me a one-by-two and I stayed on the middle level of the deck and I tried to pierce his eyes. I hit his eye once and he grabbed the one-by-two in his mouth," Ottinger said.

It later broke, Ottinger said.

Moments later, another neighbor, who happens to be Slatington's police chief, shot the dog in the leg.

"He shot him in the leg, but he stayed hovering over her, but he stopped mauling her," Ottinger said.

According to police, when officers arrived, the dog was actively attacking the woman.

The officers managed to secure the dog in the residence and tend to the woman, who suffered severe injuries. She was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where she later died.

The dog was tranquilized on the scene and transported to the Lehigh County Humane Society, where it was euthanized, officials said.

The dog will be tested in an attempt to determine the reason for the attack.

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