• Woman attacked by pit bulls dies from her injuries

    By: Alison Grande


    SPANAWAY, Wash. - A Spanaway women attacked by pit bulls died from her injuries, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner.

    Nga Woodhead, 65, spent the last week at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma where doctors had to put a titanium rod in her arm. She was about to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

    “I was sitting there with her. All of a sudden she keeled over. Her heart just quit on the spot, “ said her husband Chuck Woodhead, “The injuries were too much, her heart gave out.”

    Hospital staff worked for 40 minutes to revive her, but were unsuccessful.

    Nga Woodhead used to walk six or seven miles a day. On her morning walk Oct. 30th investigators say two pit bulls attacked her along Pacific Ave. south and 162nd Street South.

    Good Samaritans tried to fight them off, one used a stroller. Another man borrowed a gun and wounded one of the dogs. Deputies arrived and killed both dogs. The victim’s husband wants the owner of the pit bulls held responsible.

    “He needs to pay the price for what happened to my wife,” said Woodhead.

    The dogs are owned by Santiago Quecada. He lives just down the street. He said his fence wasn’t broken, he said the collar on one of his dogs was broken allowing it to get past the electric fence. We talked to Quecada last week, before Woodhead died. “I’m really sorry about what happened to this person,” said Quecada.

    Woodhead thinks that prosecutors should charge Quecada. Wednesday night Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said he might. The owner could face charges from negligence to manslaughter, depending on what investigators determine.

    Key questions they will look at are the history of the dogs, how did they get out and what did the owner know about the history of the dogs?

    Wednesday was especially rough for Woodhead, it would have been his 42nd Wedding Anniversary. He met his wife in Vietnam in 1970 when he served in the US Air Force.

    The couple has a son, two granddaughters, and one great granddaughter. Nga Woodhead liked to cook, enjoyed traveling and loved dogs. 

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