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October 16, 2007

Woman killed during dog attack

Two others injured in mauling west of Ada Monday

ADA — A 65-year-old rural Pontotoc County woman was mauled to death Monday by a pack of pit bull mixed-breed dogs. Two others who came to her aid were also attacked, according to Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover.

Glover said Rosalie Bivins was checking her mail in front of her residence on County Road 1480 — north of State Highway 3W — when five to seven dogs began their vicious attack. A rural mail carrier who happened on the scene found Bivins was lying in road yelling for help.

However, when the postal worker exited his vehicle, the dogs turned the attack on him and he was forced to re-enter his vehicle, said acting postmaster Rick Stowers.

Glover said the postal worker then drove to a neighbor’s house to ask for help. The neighbor grabbed a gun and the two good Samaritans rushed to the scene. When they arrived, another man, who had fought with the dogs, had bite marks on his arm and leg.

After the neighbor fired his shotgun and killed one of the attacking dogs, the rest fled.

Glover said Bivens died before emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

Some of the dogs were later shot and their bodies will be forwarded to the state Health Department to be examined for rabies. Bivins talked to relatives about 11:40 a.m. before heading down her 20-yard-long driveway to check the mail, Glover said. Officials received a call requesting help at 12:08 p.m., according to police dispatch logs.

What events led to the tragedy?

Neighbors told authorities that the dogs had been in the area for several years and believed that Bivins’ son-in-law had used the dogs to hunt feral hogs that are found in the wooded areas surrounding Ada.

Bivins’ son-in-law told investigators he did not own the dogs, but fed them from time to time, Glover said.

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