Lufkin mail carrier undergoes surgery after dog attack

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin mail carrier is listed in stable condition after surgery a day after she was attacked by two dogs while she was on a route.

Lufkin police have released the woman's identity as Jeanette Thomas, 66, of Huntington.

"Ms. Thomas would like to express her gratitude and appreciation for the scores of family, friends, and neighbors that exhibited an outpouring of love and prayers," Thomas' family said in a statement. "She feels extremely blessed to have survived this unprovoked and brutal attack by multiple animals as her survival is attributed to the grace of her savior."

Thomas' family said that she suffered "profound bodily injuries that will result in a long road to recovery." They said she had requested that people continue to pray for her.

Thomas was attacked in the 1200 block of Reen Drive in Lufkin while she was on the property which the dogs lived. The dogs bit her repeatedly on her arms, legs and head. Animal control officers had to catch the dogs and put them in quarantine at the Lufkin animal shelter.

Shelter Director Aaron Ramsey said the owner is out of town until next week and will have to make a decision whether to surrender the dogs or contest a dangerous dog declaration against them.

Contrary to what was previously reported, Ramsey said it appears the dogs are full-breed Dogo Argentinos. He said it appears the dogs escaped from the back yard and through a hole under the fence.

He said the dogs, like a lot of breeds, were likely being protective of the property and attacked the carrier after she dropped the mail in a slot by the garage.

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