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Smiths Station woman dies after pit bull attack

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SMITHS STATION, Ala. - A Smiths Station woman hospitalized after a pit bull attack last week has died, the Lee County coroner tells WRBL News 3.

Katie Morrison, 20, died of complications from severe injuries she suffered while playing the dogs on April 28. Morrison was playing with four dogs and the dog’s owner at a home in the Heather Brooke neighborhood when she apparently knelt down to pick something up and one of the dogs attacked her, Coroner Bill Harris says. Two other dogs then began to attack her as well. Officials told WRBL News 3 after the attack that Morrison was being introduced to the dogs by a friend. Morrison was scheduled to watch the dogs while the friend went out of town.

Morrison was taken by East Alabama Medical Center EMS via ambulance to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus and then transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She succumbed to her injuries Saturday night. She had suffered a severe head injuries and had multiple puncture and laceration wounds over her body after the attack, Harris says.

The death investigation remains ongoing by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Lee County Coroner’s Office. Alabama state law requires dogs to be observed for at least 10 days after an attack before potentially being released back to the owner.

James Brierton

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