82-year-old woman attacked by grandson's pit bulls

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SATSOP, Washington —

An 82-year-old* Satsop-area woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center on Monday night after she was attacked by her grandson's two pit bulls in her own home, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News has learned.

 

The Grays Harbor Sheriff's office said Gloria Boswell's grandson, Ed Groce, who owns the dogs, was away at the store when the two animals attacked Boswell. She was bitten in her face, arms, leg, and back in what Chief Deputy Dave Pimentel called "the most severe dog attack I have ever seen."

 

After the attack, Groce shot and killed one of the animals with a .22 caliber rifle. He told KIRO 7 his grandmother had just fed the dogs and walked in front of them, and it wasn't the first time they had attacked her. He said he previously told her the dogs needed to be put down, but she asked him not to.

 

The Sheriff's Office is expected to place the second dog in quarantine for the next 10 days. After that, it could be put down.

 

Groce is not likely to face any charges at this point, Sheriff's officials said.

 

Officials at Harborview said Boswell is in satisfactory condition. She is facing a series of surgeries to repair extensive injuries to her right arm.

 

*Police originally said Boswell was a different age. Her family told KIRO 7 she is 82 years old.