Woman left in serious condition after dog attack

Published 11:53 am Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The woman viciously attacked by a pack of dogs Tuesday morning was reported in serious condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

Serious condition means vital signs may be unstable, the patient may be acutely ill and/or indicators are questionable.

Joanne Johns, 73, was attacked while walking on Johnny Skipper Road shortly after 8 a.m. by six or seven dogs. Neighbors said they believed the dogs lived at 138 Johnny Skipper Road.

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Hayes Bell, a local farmer, was driving by in a semi-truck when the attack occurred and called police. Bell told family members he was upset at other drivers ahead of him who did not stop to help the woman who was trying to call someone to her aid.

Johns was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and had lost a large amount of blood during the attack and was in and out of consciousness when she arrived at the hospital, according to family members. She experienced lacerations to nearly all parts of her body in the attack. Johns underwent several hours of reconstructive surgery on her back, face, head, legs and arms. She is expected to remain at the hospital for the next couple weeks.

Family members expressed their thanks to the man who stopped to help and all those who have called to express their concerns and encouragement.