Woman dies after dog attack in Phoenix

PHOENIX - A Phoenix family is mourning two losses after one of their three dogs attacked 77-year-old Brandi Newberry.

Newberry’s husband, Dick, says it was dinner time for the dogs Friday night and his wife was trying to give her daughter’s dog an allergy pill.

“All of a sudden Titan just jumped on her, my wife was squatting down, he jumped on her and knocked her back," Newberry said.

He says Titan was skittish at times and would sometimes get aggressive around food, but he says the mauling was still a surprise.

Newberry says he saw bite marks on his wife’s stomach and arm and she was bleeding very heavily and eventually passed out.

Medics rushed the woman to the hospital where Newberry says doctors revived his wife momentarily but ultimately she bled to death. 

He says she was taking blood thinner medication and believes the dog may also have hit an artery.

The Newberrys were married 57 years and enjoyed outdoor adventures, but Dick says they loved to dance together more than anything.

"She was my life companion,” he said through tears. “I don't know how I'll get by without her, I really don't. I mean, she's been with me most of my life."

Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the owner of the 4-year-old dog asked that the pet be euthanized and it was.

The attack happened at a home near 43rd Avenue and Greenway Road.

Gable said the dog was current on its vaccinations and had been neutered.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said it is unclear if the woman died from the dog bite or a medical condition. The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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