Woman attacked by dogs in her own yard

Passersby fought off three canines and ran to get help

State Journal staff report, Published:

A Franklin County woman is home recovering after sheriff’s officials said she was attacked by dogs while standing in her own yard.

Sheriff Pat Melton said two men were driving past a home in the 400 block of Flat Creek Road just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw 39-year-old Heather Moore being mauled by a pack of dogs.

The men allegedly stopped and fought off the dogs. One of them then ran to a nearby fire station, Melton said, seeking help from authorities.

She was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, then later transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. She has since been released, Melton said.

“She was extremely lucky,” Melton said.

He said Moore had injuries all over her body, including severe injuries to her head.

“It pulled part of her scalp back,” Melton said.

Moore allegedly told deputies that she was attacked by four dogs — three pit bulls and a German Shepherd.

When deputies arrived, they said they found two pit bulls and a German Shepherd chained up behind a home nearby.

A man living there, 51-year-old Gayle Abrams, said he had been keeping the dogs since their owner went to prison.

Melton said he is unsure of the whereabouts of the fourth dog — or if there was actually a fourth dog. Witnesses only reported seeing three dogs involved in the attack, he said.

Abrams has been charged with three counts of failure to vaccinate a dog for rabies.

Additional charges are pending, Melton said.

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  • Sad story....but reading how these dogs were left probably neglected chained up outside.....no wonder they turned aggressive - or they were trained to fight by the owner who is in the slammer! Hate it when stories slant it inferring the breed itself is dangerous; probably the dirtbag owner raised it to be mean and or neglected and abused them.

  • Poor lady.  Poor dogs....