Elderly woman dies after being mauled by dog in her home

VIRGINIA BEACH — An elderly woman has died after being mauled by a dog, according to police.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the Pembroke Manor neighborhood for a report of an animal attack. Responding officers found a woman in her 90s suffering from bites and lacerations.

The woman, whose identity will not be released out of respect for the family’s wishes, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said she died Thursday morning.

Police said that the dog is a 50-pound, 1-year-old American Pitbull Terrier and was a family-owned pet. They believe the dog attacked the woman after she fell inside her home.

The dog has been placed in quarantine at a local animal shelter.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Poulter can be reached at amy@localvoicemedia.com

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Amy Poulter has lived in more than a dozen cities – including New York, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando and Jersey City – but she was born right here in the Southside. Amy graduated from Old Dominion University and worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Princess Anne Independent News before joining Southside Daily. Before working as a multimedia journalist, she was a professional chef and musician. In her free time, Amy enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time at the beach and chasing her two pups around the park.