Shoshone-Bannock Tribes report woman mauled by dogs

The Associated Press

FORT HALL, Idaho (AP) — Tribal officials in Idaho say a 60-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital after being attacked by a pack of loose dogs on reservation land over the weekend.  

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes said the Fort Hall Fire Department responded to an emergency call Sunday at 10:30 p.m. where they found the woman lying along Ross Fork Road, the Idaho State Journal reported. She is not a tribal member.

Authorities say emergency responders treated her serious wounds at the scene before she was airlifted to Portneuf Medical Center where hospital staff said she had received 2 pints of blood and underwent surgery.

Hospital officials confirmed Tuesday that the woman was flown to the University of Utah for further treatment and remained in intensive care.

The Tribes did not identify the woman because of challenges in notifying next of kin.

Tribe officials said in a press release that the Fort Hall Fish and Game Department captured and euthanized seven of the dogs. The release also noted an animal ordinance that was passed in 2017.

"We are doing everything possible to make sure this won't happen again, and we offer prayers of healing to this lady," Tribal Council Chairman Devon Boyer said. "Our reservation has been an illegal drop off of unwanted animals for years including horses, cats, emu and others. We want the outside community to know that we do have an ordinance and will enforce to the fullest to keep our community safe from these types of vicious attacks."

The Bannock County sheriff's office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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