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Redding Woman Attacked by Neighbor's Dog

Published On: Feb 21 2013 08:18:33 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 22 2013 01:07:05 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A Redding woman who was attacked by her neighbor's dog said she fears retaliation.

Robin Hunt said she came home from work around 5 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 15.

She said when she arrives at her house on Cynthia Way, it is routine for her to open the garage and then grab the mail with her Labrador retriever, Shalynn.

"I give her a piece of mail then she runs into the house and I give her a treat," Hunt said.

This time however, things ended much differently. 

"When I was giving her the mail, the [neighbor's] dog ran across the street over to her and then he sniffed her neck and then grabbed her by the jugular and then I was screaming at [the dog] to leave her alone," Hunt said.

After Hunt resorted to hitting the dog with her hand, Hunt said the dog turned on her.

Hunt told us that the dog, an Akita breed named Gracie, first bit her arm, but did not stop there.

"It went and attacked my head and after he was biting my head, he was dragging me from the driveway and then he released me," she said.

Hunt said the dog's owner was outside but didn't do anything to stop the commotion.

"I was screaming at him to get me help because I'm bleeding just tremendously and he turned around, walked back across the street," Hunt said.

Hunt eventually managed to get some help for herself and was then transported to Mercy Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. Among them, a severed artery.

"The stitches are all on this side of my head,” Hunt said, showing the right side of her face. “I've got lumps and stuff on my back and I've got bruises all over my back, bite marks on the knees and bruising and scratches on [my] arm. They pulled a tooth out of my head, part of a tooth."

Gracie is being held at the Haven Humane Society until her 10 days of quarantine are up. It is then that they will decide whether or not she will be euthanized.

Hunt said she does  not necessarily want the dog to be put down.

"I don't want it to be by my hands – that I put the dog down by my hands. I just want to be reassured that there is not going to be any [more] danger," she said.

Hunt said she is also worried that Gracie's owner will try to retaliate.

"I'm just hoping that there won’t be any hard feelings to where he is going to hurt my dog [...] because I know he’s very angry about what happened and we have some bad blood between us anyway and I'm just praying to God that he'll leave her alone," she said.

Hunt said she is willing to put this behind them and move on.

"You gotta be civil, you know. You live right across the street from each other; you have to be civil," she said.

Officials at the Haven Humane Society said at this point, Gracie's owners are planning to fight for their dog to not be put down.

They said a monthly hearing will be held next month. Evidence will be presented and then a three-person panel will decide what will happen.

We attempted to speak with Gracie's owners to get their side of the story, but they were not at home.