Thea Digiammerino

Victim of Plymouth Dog Mauling Will Need Multiple Surgeries: Family

A woman was seriously hurt when she was mauled by her own dogs in Plymouth Monday, and her family said she will need multiple surgeries.

Plymouth police said the four dogs, which were described as French bull mastiffs, were loose in the area of Eastview Road and the neighborhood was under a shelter-in-place order while crews responded to contain them. 

Three of the dogs, which were each around 100 pounds, were killed when police tried to contain them. The fourth was hurt and is currently in quarantine.

The victim was identified by her family as Patricia Collins. Her mother, Jacqueline Collins, said that Patricia has serious injuries to her arms and mid-torso.

"It was pretty much over everything they say she’s going to be that way for a while a long while," Jacqueline said.

Patricia will need multiple surgeries. She is being treated at Yale New Haven Hospital.

A neighbor said he knew the dogs and that they always seemed friendly.

“I’ve actually played with those dogs, you know. They’re sweet, you know. But you never know. It’s still an animal,” Albert Parady said.

Patricia was the only one hurt, police said. 

The case is under investigation.

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