Spanaway woman attacked by pit bulls dies of injuries

Staff writerNovember 6, 2013 

A 65-year-old Spanaway woman attacked Oct. 30 by two pit bulls died of her injuries Wednesday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman was identified as Nga Woodhead. Dog bites were among the causes of her death, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The attack happened in the 16200 block of Pacific Avenue South as Woodhead walked down the street and the dogs attacked without provocation, sheriff’s deputies said.

Witnesses said Woodhead tried to fend the dogs off with an umbrella. A 52-year-old man who tried to help her was bitten on the arm. Another passer-by got a handgun from a nearby resident and shot one of the dogs, which ran away, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies who responded found the dogs near the scene and shot and killed them both.

Prosecutors are considering charges against the dogs’ owner.

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