4 dog attacks took place over a single day in Eastland County

Four dog attacks in Eastland County all took place this past Sunday, including one attack that left a Ranger woman with serious injuries.

Ranger Police Chief Chad Roberts says Phillis Teague was walking down Hunt Street Sunday night when a pit bull came out of a yard and began attacking her. A neighbor saw Teague being attacked by the dog and sprung into action to save her.

"While the dog was attacking her, he was able to get it away from her for a short enough distance to be able to discharge a firearm at the dog," said Roberts.

Teague was taken to a local hospital before being flown by a helicopter to a Dallas-area hospital later on while the dog who prompted the attack survived his gunshot wounds and was then treated for them.

The Ranger Police Department obtained a warrant to surrender the dog involved in the attack, as well as two other dogs, that were in possession of the pit bull's owners. All three dogs are impounded and under a 10-day quarantine at the local animal shelter after their owners could not prove that any of the three dogs had been vaccinated for rabies.

"If they show signs of rabies, then they would have to go through a series of shots for rabies," Roberts said.

According to Roberts, Mike Casey and Rebecca Sweeney came forward as the owners of the dogs and says that both of them could be facing charges.

"They are looking at attack by a dog, which is a health and safety code violation which potentially could be a third degree felony," said Roberts. "It can range from probation to jail time, but it's a pretty serious offense to allow your dog to be able to roam enough to where it can leave its yard and its area and attack someone."

Roberts said the other three dog attacks reported in Eastland County on Sunday had no connection to what happened to Phillis Teague. However, Roberts urges Eastland County dog owners to prevent future dog attacks from occurring by following leash laws and making sure that their dogs are securely inside of their enclosed pens.

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