An elderly North Carolina couple was attacked by a pit bull – leaving the woman with severe injuries that required one of her feet to be amputated.

Bobby Joyner, 82, and Annie Joyner, 78, were attacked Sunday by their neighbor’s 100-pound dog on Nelson Street in Rocky Mount, WRAL reported.

A police officer who responded to the scene fired her gun twice, hitting the crazed animal, which also bit her in the thigh, according to the report. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

Julie Proctor, the owner of the property where the attack happened, said the dog, named Cosmo, belonged to her grandson. She told the news outlet that the pet was later euthanized.

 suffered severe injuries by a neighbor's pit bull
Bobby Joyner, 82, and Annie Joyner, 78, suffered severe injuries by a neighbor’s pit bull.
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Proctor was cited for violating a city ordinance for an at-large/unrestrained animal because the dog was running loose, officials told CBS 17.

Meanwhile, the Joyners are recovering at ECU Nash Healthcare with severe injuries that required one of Annie’s feet to be amputated, the family told WRAL. She will have to receive skin grafts on the other foot.

Bobby returned home Monday after undergoing surgery on his hands and arm, CBS 17 reported.

Cosmo, a pit bull, that attacked an elderly couple
The 100-pound pit bull, named Cosmo, was euthanized after the devastating attack.
WRAL
Pit bull attack victim Bobby Joyner
Bobby Joyner underwent surgery to his arm and hands.
WRAL

“I heard my wife hollerin’, so I looked out and the dog had … [Ann] was laying on the ground, and he had already chewed on her foot. It was just terrible,” the husband told the station.

The couple’s daughter, Melissa Joyner, told WRAL that she was still “kind of still in shock” over the attack.

“When it was time for my mom to go to surgery, the nurse who was helping my dad asked him if he wanted to go see his sweetheart, and he said, ‘Yeah, I do,’” Melissa said.

The daughter called for people to be responsible pet owners.

“I mean, I have dogs, too, and we love dogs. So, in our eyes, it’s really not the dog’s fault. The owner needed to be more responsible,” Melissa told WRAL.

Proctor insisted that Cosmo had been leashed and harnessed in her yard.

“He backed out of the harness somehow. I guess the adrenaline in him,” she told the station. “That’s why they think he was not on his harness, but he was.

“Being a pit bull, he was just very protective of his property and people, and I hate it more than anybody that it happened,” Proctor said.

“I’ve had nightmares all night. I haven’t slept because I witnessed the whole attack,” she told CBS 17. “I screamed, I screamed, I screamed until her husband came out, and then [Cosmo] started on him.”

But Bobby claimed the dog was not secured at the time of the attack.

When asked by CBS 17 if the animal was tied up, he shook his head and said: “No, he wouldn’t have gotten to her.”

He also said he had spoken to Proctor previously about Cosmo’s aggressive behavior – but that she said she was unable to do anything because the dog belonged to her grandson.

“If you have a dog like that, recognize they are an animal and treat them kindly because if they attack someone it could be very dangerous,”  Melissa told the outlet.

“We’re lucky my mom and dad are alive honestly,” she added.



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