North Carolina Mother Mauled to Death By Pit bulls She Was Dog-Sitting
A North Carolina mother was mauled to death by two pit bulls she was dogsitting last week, just days after her mother told her to stop watching the dogs.
Trena Peed, 46, was watching the dogs on early Thursday morning when she let them out of the backyard of her home on Vance Street near Downtown Greensboro and South Elm-Eugene Street at around 2:00 a.m., according to My Fox 8.
Minutes later, neighbors said they heard Peed crying for help before witnessing the horrific dog attack, with their shock and horror captured in several disturbing 911 calls.
“All I know is that they… they done drug her into the dark,” said one 911 caller who witnessed the attack.
Family Warned Her Not to Watch Dogs Just Days Before Deadly Attack
In an even more tragic set of events, Peed’s mother, Helen Harris, told WFMY that she had warned her daughter to stop watching the animals just two days before the fatal attack.
“I understand it was not intentional, but I just talked to my daughter on Tuesday, and I told her you need to get (those) dogs out of your house,” mother Helen Harris told WFMY.
One of the pit bulls was shot by police, according to WGHP, while the other is currently under quarantine with Guilford County Animal Services.
Meanwhile, police said an investigation into who owns the dogs remains ongoing. Harris pleaded with the dog’s still-unidentified owners to come forward if they love her daughter.
Family Pleads With Dog Owners To Come Forward
“Whoever the owner is, they need to come forward because they say they love my daughter. This is not showing love for her right now,” Harris said to WFMY.
Police have yet to file any charges related to the case as of Monday, the outlet reported.
Peed’s daughter, Waynesha, created a GoFundMe for her mother’s funeral expenses which have already raised $18,205 out of an initial $15,000 goal.
“My siblings, grandmother, family, & I are heartbroken at her sudden passing. She has endured and overcame so much, most recently losing two of her sons 2 years apart, both by tragic car accidents,” daughter Waynesha Peed wrote.
The attack is one of several to have made headlines in recent months. Jacqueline Durand, a 22-year-old student at the University of Texas at Dallas, was mauled in December in a vicious dog attack partially captured by police body cameras.
Durand lost her ears, nose, and lips during a vicious attack by dogs she was hired to care for, requiring 16 surgeries, including numerous skin grafts. Video of the attack went viral after being by authorities in May.
In 2018, nearly 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery due to being bitten by dogs, according to the 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report.
Last year alone, Homeowners insurers paid out $882 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries, the Insurance Information Institute reported.