A dog’s fate is in the hands of a New Jersey judge after a woman said the 95-pound pet bit off part of her ear, broke her finger and cracked her hip when she knocked on her neighbor’s door.
Police said the massive Argentinian Mastiff that mauled Elizabeth Romanaux attacked someone last year. Romanaux said the animal also killed her chickens in a previous attack and that she feels lucky to be alive after the vicious mauling that left her blacked out and in the hospital.
"I'll be honest with you, I don’t remember anything," she said. "From the moment I saw that dog coming at me to the moment it was ripping my scalp. I don’t remember anything. And that’s probably a good thing."
Romanaux said she went over to the home to warn the neighbor about rat poison that had been put down in the area. But when the neighbor opened the door a crack, the dog “just burst right through” the door.
By the time the attack ended, Romanaux had extensive bite marks to her head, and the dog had gnawed off part of her ear. Several fingers are broken, and she said her hip was cracked.
The dog’s owner was ticketed after the attack, and the animal was put in quarantine until a judge can rule whether it needs to be euthanized. But Romanaux said she does not want the dog anywhere near her home.
"I have a 1-year-old grandbaby who is moving in along with my son and daughter-in-law in a couple of weeks," she said. "And I am not having dogs like this living next door to me. It’s out of the question"