Deaf woman, 72, hospitalized after attack by dogs

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. —

A 72-year-old deaf woman was checking her mail Tuesday when she was attacked by three dogs, according to Titusville police.

Police said the woman was making the short trip from that door to her mailbox when she was severely bitten on her legs, a hand and her backside.

A Lab pit mix named Bear was captured by Brevard Animal Control officers.

They said he is one of three dogs that attacked the woman, who lives two doors down from the dogs and their owners.

Police said because the woman is deaf, she had no idea the three dogs were closing in on her.

She was taken to Parrish Medical Center following the attack.

"(She had) multiple injuries, multiple parts of her body, and she's getting treatment for those injuries now," said Lt. Clayton Bray of the Titusville Police Department.

After the attack the woman made it into her house but had to call an interpreter to call 911.

The dogs' owners told police someone broke into their house and that is how the dogs got out.

One of the dogs, a pug, was not taken by Animal Control officers. They said they don't believe the dog instigated the attack.

A third dog, described as a Black Mouth Cur mix, known for its hunting skills, ran away before officers were able to catch it.

Police said the owners are being fined more than $1,100 because of the attack.

Animal Control officers said the dog they captured, and the second dog they are seeking, will be deemed dangerous and likely euthanized.