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Volunteer dead after being attacked by dog in Phoenix

Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 10:02:10-05

A woman is dead after being attacked by a dog at a boarding facility in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control say the incident happened at Canine Country Club and Feline Inn, an animal boarding and grooming service, around 3:30 p.m.

The 69-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in “very critical condition,” an MCACC spokesperson said. However, Phoenix police later confirmed that she has since passed away from her injuries.

The woman suffered injuries that appear to be consistent with dog bites, a police spokesperson said.

According to MCACC, the woman was a volunteering at the facility with a rescue group called Akita Advocates and was walking the Akita in a playground area when the mauling occurred. 

Witnesses tell MCACC that a person found the dog with blood on him. He is still at the facility and alive.