Jefferson County woman injured by pack of dogs

Jefferson County (WVLT) - A woman is recovering in the hospital after she was apparently attacked by several dogs.

The Citizen Tribune in Morristown reports Jessica Ann Zajac was jogging Thursday evening when she was attacked by the pack of dogs.

Volunteer TV's Heather Haley has more on how only some of the dogs have been caught.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the apparent dog attack. They told the paper 7 or 8 blue heeler dogs were at the scene where they found the young woman and a trail of blood. As of Friday, three of the blue heelers, or cattle dogs, are at the Humane Society of Jefferson County. Executive Director Stephanie Moore says the dogs are very sweet. Moore says she believes the dogs might not have attacked the woman if they were spayed or neutered and not allowed to roam free.

"It really is not the animals' fault, originally they were wild animals, dogs were wild animals, so they were just following their instinct," Moore said.

Moore says they have traps laid out to try and catch the rest of the dogs. Now here's what you need to know if a dog or dogs come after you:

Moore says the biggest thing is to not run! She says to drop to the group and protect your head and neck. She says this should keep the animals from attacking.

The dog attack victim, Zajac, is currently in stable condition at UT Medical Center.

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  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    We don't need better laws we need to enforce the ones we have and make owners responsible for their animals.
  • by Ashley Location: Jeff City, TN on May 24, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    This is a true statement it is the owners responsibility to contain these animals the doors to the animal shelter is always open to bring animals in with no charge, this poor girl will have to live with this all of her life. People really should be more responsible and use some common sense. It is not the " Good old days " and people need to realize this, what kind of pet that is truly loved is free to roam where ever,when ever?
  • by Jackie Location: White Pine, TN. on May 23, 2008 at 11:30 PM
    I am from the same county as the victim & I have two Blue Heelers of my own. They are the sweetest & smartest dogs of all in my pack of twelve. They are not aggressive at all, however they are very protective. All twelve of my dogs have been spayed or neutered & my property is completely fenced. People need to be more responsible with their pets. We also need better laws in the state of Tennessee!!! To protect animals and make people more responsible pet owners. Every person that has any type of domestic animal should be required to obtain a permit for that animal and also required to have that animals immunizations yearly. Breeding should only be allowed one time per animal & only with a permit. All you need to do is visit the local animal shelter to realize the problem with overpopulation! I do not blame these animals, I blame the owner. It is a shame that they are the one that will more than likely have to pay for human mistakes.


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