Benson woman attacked by pit bull after trying to lure puppy away from kids

The pit bull involved in the attack (Photo provided by family member)

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Benson woman was attacked by a pit bull Monday afternoon after trying to get another pit bull away from nearby children.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday, officers from the Benson Police Department responded to an animal complaint at 302 S. Wall Street.

When officers arrived to the scene, they found a woman lying on the ground with several lacerations and blood on her pants and shirt.

The victim, 43-year-old Geanne Pope, told police that she noticed that a brown pit bull puppy got loose from a fenced in yard on Harnett Street and was barking at children nearby, who were behind a fence.

According to an incident report, Pope told the officers that she approached the dog and tried to lure it away when a second pit bull came out and started attacking her.

Pope said a witness, Demi Leary, came by and threw a steel pipe at the dog to get it off of Pope.

Leary told police that both pit bulls scaled the fence and one of them attacked Pope.

Officers spoke with Katherine Freeman, the homeowner where the dogs escaped from. Freeman told officers she was caring for the dog that attacked Pope for her sister, Annette Holloman, who lives Raleigh.

Freeman disputed Leary’s claim, telling CBS North Carolina that the dogs got out of a hole in the fence and that they did not scale the 6-foot fence and get out.

Freeman said she was only supposed to keep the dog for two weeks. Freeman said she contacted her sister on Facebook to inform her about the incident.

Freeman surrendered her puppy as well as her sister’s dog and officers took both dogs to the Johnston County Animal Shelter in Smithfield to be quarantined for 10 days.

According to the report, a letter will be sent to Holloman advising her that her pit bull has been deemed “dangerous.”

Pope suffered lacerations on both of her legs and left hand, the report states.

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