POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 5:49pm
WESTWEGO, LA (WDSU-CNN) — A Westwego woman continues to fight for her life at University Hospital.
Police in Westwego say Linda Henry, 54, was viciously attacked by her own pit bulls Wednesday afternoon at her home on Avenue A.
According to Henry's husband, she's already underwent numerous surgeries including a double arm amputation.
"Devastation, pure devastation, that's how I feel," said Clarence Allen. "She's on a ventilator and can't even talk."
Allen said his wife was carrying their rat terrier inside the home when for reasons still unknown three of the family's four adult pit bulls attacked her.
"These dogs are like our children. We've never had an incident like this. I don't know what happened," Allen said.
Westwego Police officers arrived at the home just minutes after the attack, but Henry's injuries were already life-threatening.
"Our officers are just up the road from where this attack happened," Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger said. "My officers had no choice but to shoot the dogs to save this woman's life."
Shaddinger said all four of the pit bulls showed signs of aggression and when a Taser didn't work, officers were forced to shoot them. A dozen puppies were also found inside the home. One animal expert told WDSU that may be an explanation for why the dogs lashed out, protecting their pups.
"It remains unclear what made these dogs snap, either way it's just an awful tragedy," Shaddinger said.
The mayor said he's currently talking with city council members about what more can be done to prevent a similar attack, including taking another look at the city's current dog ordinance.
"We can't prevent every animal attack, but if there's more regulations needed to ensure the public's safety, we will consider them," he said.
Shaddinger said while residents have already expressed concern about certain breeds in his community since the attack, banning any one breed of dog is very unlikely.
A spokesman from The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said regardless of the breed--dogs are animals and can be unpredictable.
Henry, who also lost an eye and ear in the attack, is scheduled to undergo at least a dozen more surgeries in the days to come.