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Woman identified, dies week after being attacked by violent pack of dogs

Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 07, 2023

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A Taylorsville woman who had her leg amputated and was critically injured died one week after being attacked by a violent pack of pit bulls at her home.

The woman was later identified by officials as 63-year-old Sandra Miller.

She was attacked by a pack of seven pit bulls, including a mother dog, father dog and their five puppies, who belonged to her adult son and lived at the home with her.

While the mother dog was shot and killed by police when the attack happened, officials also stated the father dog and puppies all had to be put down due to the violent nature of the incident.

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Officials initially reported Miller called police on the afternoon of November 1 and said she had been attacked by dogs in the backyard of her home.

When authorities arrived, they used pepper spray to get the dogs away from Miller in order to get her out of the yard.

She was then rushed to the hospital with "extensive" injuries to her legs, hands and face. Officials told FOX 13 News Miller died of her injuries on Monday.

In light of the death, her family sent a statement to FOX 13, saying:

"Our family would like to thank the dispatcher for staying on the phone with our mother. The police officers that didn't hesitate to get to her as soon as possible. We'd also like to thank the paramedics, nurses, the doctors, the trauma team and everyone that helped our mother. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

Once Miller was out of the yard, officials tried to approach the pack of dogs and shot and killed the mother dog, who officials said posed a risk to responding police and animal control officers.

The owner of the dogs turned the rest of the animals over to West Valley City Animal Services.

An investigation into the incident and what led up to the attack is continuing by West Valley City officials.