Satsop woman attacked by two pit bulls


An 81-year-old Satsop woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday night after she was viciously attacked in her home by the family’s two pit bull dogs.

Grays Harbor Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel said deputies and medical crews responded to the 200 block of Sixth Street in Satsop shortly before 7:30 p.m. to find the woman badly injured. Gloria Boswell suffered severe bites to her arms, legs, chest, back and face. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she remains in satisfactory condition this morning.

“She’s facing a long recovery,” Pimentel said. “These were hellacious bites.”

Pimentel said the woman lived in the home with her grandson and the dogs, Sissy and Blaze. The woman was alone Monday at the time of the attack. She told investigators the phone rang and when she got up to answer it the dogs attacked her.

Pimentel said one of the pit bulls belonged to Boswell and the other belonged to her grandson. When the grandson and his wife returned home, they found Boswell and called 911. The woman suffered extensive injuries to her right arm and faces several surgeries.

“I can’t believe the damage done to this lady,” he said. “I don’t know that she’ll ever be able to use that right arm again.”

Pimentel said the grandson took one of the dogs, Blaze, out to its kennel and shot it before deputies arrived. The grandson told investigators he had considered killing the other dog, but changed his mind. Investigators seized the dog with a search warrant and placed it in a 10-day quarantine.

The dog will either be put down or will be listed as a dangerous dog with special security and insurance requirements.

Pimentel noted the home had a previous issue with a different pit bull last summer after the dog got loose and bit a woman in the neighborhood.

Since Boswell lived with the dogs authorities have not issued any citations in the matter, Pimentel said. The incident remains under investigation.