Owner of dogs that attacked Lufkin mail carrier surrenders them for euthanization

Owner of dogs that attacked Lufkin mail carrier surrenders them for euthanization

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The owner of the two dogs that mauled a Lufkin mail carrier last week has agreed to surrender the dogs.

"The owner decided to go ahead and euthanize them because of what happened," said Aaron Ramsey, the director of the Kurth Animal Shelter. "We can't have animals that will do that to people. We have to put those kind of animals down."

As of Aug. 2, Jeanette Thomas, 66, of Huntington, was listed in stable condition after she underwent surgery for her injuries.

"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.

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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