Animal Rights

Pit Bulls Maul 89-Year-Old Author Mirian Seymour

| by Denise A Justin

TUCSON AZ - On March 7, 2012, retired pilot and aviation writer Miriam Orr Seymour was savagely mauled by two loose Pit Bulls while she was walking to the community mailbox in her quiet Casa Carina neighborhood in Tucson, AZ.

According to Deputy Dawn Barkman of Pima County Sheriff's Department,Seymour had just left her town home in the 4900 block of North Via Carina. Miriam Seymour, 89, is the author of the highly acclaimed 2002 aviation book, “The Around the Rim Flight,” which chronicles a 9,823-mile flight in 1919 around the borders of the U.S. in America’s First Bomber.

Seymour was transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery at 3 p.m. the day of the attack. She also suffered severe bites over most of her body, including a deep gash on the back of her head. She is expected to need more surgeries.

The victim's sister-in-law, Mary Seymour, said “She has some really severe lacerations on her right side. She will face a long recovery and a number of skin grafts. Her arm had been badly mauled down to the bone.” She was coherent and aware of the seriousness of her injuries, said her sister. Seymour was near the Children's Memorial Park when the surprise attack occurred.

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She screamed for help and a man came to try to stop the dogs, but he was also attacked. The severity of his injuries is unknown. It was determined by Pima County Sheriff’s Department that the Pit Bulls belonged to a visitor at the home of one of the neighbors. The dogs who surrendered to Pima County Animal Care where they will be euthanized after a 10-day rabies observation, stated Jose Chavez, the enforcement-operations manager of the Pima Animal Care Center. A neighbor, Eileen Mahony, said this is an unusual event in this community.

"I have never seen loose dogs ever since I've been here." According to Tucson News Now, another neighbor said he had a past encounter with the dogs when they jumped his backyard fence. Miriam Seymour was in the process of writing another book before the dog attack, according to her sister-in-law. She told Arizona Star Daily Miriam said, 'I'm so mad because I got a lot of work to do on my second book, and I don't know when I'm going to get to it.”

She was still in the hospital on Friday, March 9, according to KGUN9-TV and is now listed in fair condition.

Sources:

http://marana-avravalley.tucsonnewsnow.com/news/crime/75862-woman-89-mauled-pit-bulls http://blogs.star-telegram.com/crime_time/2012/03/fort-worth-police-dispatched-to-multiple-pit-bull-incidents.html http://www.kgun9.com/news/local/142162253.html