A 75-year-old woman died after being attacked by her family's Great Dane-English mastiff mix in their Long Island City home. A neighbor said the woman's son, who was also injured, came over for help during the horrifying incident: "He said, ‘My mother was dying.' It was really bad."
Police say that officers responded to the home at 38-07 27th Street after midnight on Monday, February 13th, where EMS was treating Hermida, who was unconscious and unresponsive with "trauma to her upper torso." She was taken to Weill-Cornell Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
WABC 7 reports that her autistic 39-year-old son was also mauled, and sustained non-life threatening injuries to his lower-left leg.
Rosa Ortiz, the neighbor who helped, told DNAinfo that when "she entered Hermida's home, where she found the injured woman laying on the floor in the basement. She could hear the dog barking from another area of the house at the time, she added."
The dog was 160 pounds, according to WCBS 880, and neighbors said "the family had already intended to put the dog down because it had killed a neighbor’s dog two weeks ago... 'They switched the day, so they were going to take him this Wednesday to put him to sleep,' neighbor David Lopez said."
"When you put a large group of dogs together they have to be watched very carefully to make sure they aren't attacking one another and they really need to be under proper supervision," Jean Shafiroff, an animal advocate and ambassador with the American Humane Society, told WABC 7.