Pit bulls maul elderly woman to death

Dec. 13, 2003 at 2:18 PM
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CITRA, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A pack of pit bulls attacked an 82-year-old Florida woman outside her front door, fatally injuring her, the Ocala Star Banner reported Saturday.

Firefighters said Alice Broom, who died later at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, had severe lacerations over her entire body as well as some puncture wounds after Friday's attack.

The dogs belonged to 67-year-old Robert Freeman, her next-door neighbor.

Freeman, a retiree and self-described "dog lover," found Broom surrounded by his dogs when he came home at 4:30 p.m. He said he didn't know how the seven dogs had broken out of his mobile home.

He found her lying in her front yard, with her car door open.

"I was so upset," Freeman said. "Maybe three or four of them were around her at the time. I didn't take time to ID them. I just wanted to get them off her."

He didn't know how long the attack had been going on but speculated it may have begun 10 or 15 minutes prior.

Freeman was not immediately charged with a crime.

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